A Word with You - Jan. 18, 2012

 

Big Wings

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I just can't get this little four-year-old girl out of my mind. Even as I was preparing this, her story just hits my heart again.

She and her family only had moments to prepare before the F5 tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri not long ago. Now, Mom and Dad battled fierce winds; they were desperately trying to shepherd everyone into the safest corner of the house, but not quite everyone. Somehow this little four-year-old daughter of theirs got separated from them, and these winds were so strong that it was impossible to look for her any more. So, they huddled together as the tornado made a direct hit on their house. When they looked up, it had leveled everything almost instantly.

Now, I'm picturing my precious five-year-old granddaughter as I try to imagine these parents' panic as they're searching frantically—some reports said for up to two hours. And they searched the rubble that once had been their home. And then they found her. Hunkered down in one surviving corner of their house, but far from where the rest of the family had sought shelter. Miraculously this little girl was unharmed. The entire house was gone except for the family's safe spot and their daughter's one little corner.

They asked her, "Honey, how did you get here?" She said, "The man with big wings put me here."

Before they went to sleep each night says it all: "Safe am I, safe am I, in the hollow of His hands."

© (c) Ronald P. Hutchcraft
Distributed by Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, Inc.

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