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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...




Vantage Point: Tornado

By Ken Horn
Oct. 9, 2011

Just a few days after an EF-5 tornado roared through Joplin, Mo., a friend and I drove to the city to see if we could assist with Convoy of Hope’s relief efforts. Other employees from the Assemblies of God National Office in nearby Springfield were there.

Frank Vice serves with AG World Missions and has seen some of the world’s troubled spots. As he and I toured some of the hardest hit neighborhoods, we talked to a few residents who were still there. One man sat in a folding chair outside what was left of his home. He had written a big “Thank You” across the front wall.

I have seen the wreckage of several of recent history’s worst natural disasters. I was in Balakot, Pakistan, following the devastating 2005 earthquake that demolished the city and virtually everything in it. I watched recovery teams pull bodies from the rubble. I was onsite soon after hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Georges. Unimaginable destruction.

The damage from those natural disasters spanned much larger areas than Joplin, but the concentrated destruction in the Missouri city rivaled them for intensity. Across the swath of debris that defined the twister’s path, many homes and buildings had been pulverized. It was as if a giant hand had carved out the swath, mowing down homes, vehicles, electrical poles, and structures of every kind, but left other homes and structures at the margins only slightly damaged or completely untouched. We saw homes that were totally obliterated, while neighbors across the street were making only minor repairs.

Though such tragedies are defined by insurance agencies as “acts of God,” the Bible does not support the thesis that God is always intentionally orchestrating them.

While His is the ultimate power, His hand has set nature in motion and “He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45, NKJV). With the world — and nature — still under the curse, we can expect to battle the worst of the elements from time to time.

Ken Horn
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