by Paula Harrington
For the past few weeks, my family has been dealing with the worst ice storm to ever hit Kentucky. On January 26th through January 27th, nearly two inches of ice coated roads, power lines, and trees. The storm left half a million people in Kentucky without electricity, phone service (including cell phones), and water for days. Many, even now at the end of February, are still dealing with the after-effects of this storm.
For several days and weeks after the storm, schools, banks, and grocery stores were closed. Mail carriers couldn’t deliver the mail. Worship services were canceled. Our Governor deployed every National Guardsman in the state making it the largest call-up in Kentucky’s history./1
On February 6th, President Obama declared Kentucky a major disaster area./2 Those of us living here weren’t surprised. My small town looked like a warzone. Trees had fallen through homes and smashed cars, transformers had exploded and power lines littered the roads. The only sounds for days were limbs crashing to the ground and the engines of the military Humvees slowly driving up and down our roads.
My family was without electricity for nine days, yet thankfully we had a gas furnace, stove and never lost our water. Many weren’t as fortunate. Generators were in high demand even though many folks had to drive for hours to find one. Some lost their homes due to improper use of their generators and tragically, some even lost their lives, poisoned by the carbon monoxide.
Though much can be lost during a natural disaster, our hope in Jesus can’t. Neither can the love of God or the certainty of a faithful Christian’s future in Heaven. Whether your disaster is personal, emotional or natural, you will never have to face it alone. In times of disaster, we can turn to God and take comfort in knowing that he, regardless of what we face, will never leave nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5 NKJV).