Marla’s home was a port in a storm, a personal sanctuary, and a place where she could be herself among the belongings she loved and pictures she cherished. She had lost her job and worried about the mortgage payments. Jobs were hard to find and fear crawled up her body leaving her breathless at times and she held her arms close to her chest for comfort.
While away from home visiting her mother, another storm approached. The sky became chalky with eerie green highlights. A flash of lightning, a roar like a runaway train and a black whirlwind appeared and consumed her home. In less than a couple minutes, a black funnel cloud had destroyed her life. An earthquake couldn’t have done more damage. Marla’s house faced an F5 tornado and her home became rubble.
Not only did a storm crumble her house, a storm raged in her soul as she drove back to see the ruins. Tears flowed as she stood viewing the horrific site with a feeling of hopelessness and despair. Easter will be here soon and she hadn’t been to church in a long time, but years ago, she had accepted the Gospel—the good news, the gift of salvation. Thinking about what Jesus did for humanity on the cross, she now understood better the agony of the crucifixion. This new understanding filled her spirit as she stared at her only surviving possession, the Bible, and she fell to her knees wondering if she would ever know the joy of a resurrection.
The pain dug deep into her heart as she tried to figure out the next step. Everything was gone—what should she do now. She picked up the Bible and pressed it to her chest while her body wrenched and her sobs echoed in heaven. Despite this, a hope crept into her soul because she knew God would see her through this.
The same day, angels came to her rescue, as friends, family and neighbors gathered around her like a shroud of protection. One woman handed her some money. A neighbor took her into her home and fed her. Her close friend handed her a suitcase with needed clothes. She couldn’t speak because appreciation flooded her throat.
She realized the love of God when a stranger drove up with a trailer attached and said it was for her. “God told me to give this trailer to you,” he said.
Easter came on Marla like a flood and her heart expanded with happiness. Now, she can honestly say, “I know the joy of a resurrection.” Easter brings hope to those who believe.
Psalm 27:13 “I would have lost heart unless I had believed”