By David A. Sargent
Kim Spink was shopping at Wal-Mart in
Joplin, Missouri, when a massive tornado struck the city last
Sunday, May 22. Her husband, Greg, and their three children
waited out the storm in their basement at home.
As soon as the storm was over, Greg and the
children began searching for Kim. They made their way to the
Wal-Mart only to find it in shambles; only one wall was left
standing. Amidst the incredible rubble in the Wal-Mart parking
lot, they found Kim’s SUV overturned and smashed having apparently
been picked up by the tornado and thrown several feet. Her
family looked to see if she was in the vehicle; she wasn’t.
Greg and the children continued to look for
Kim, not knowing if they would find her alive or lifeless among the
destruction left by the storm. After three long, agonizing
hours, they found her. She was walking toward their home,
unsure if it or her family had survived the storm.
“We had a reunion in the middle of the
street,” Greg Spink said. What an incredibly joyous and
tear-filled reunion that must have been!
How did Kim survive when the tornado ripped
through the Wal-Mart? She was behind the one wall that was
left standing. *
As our hearts are filled with compassion
for the people of Joplin whose lives have been torn apart by the
storm (see the links below for some ways to help), we are reminded
of the preciousness of our families, the pain of loss, but in some
cases like the Spink family – the joy of reunion.
The Spinks’ ordeal reminds us of another
search and rescue mission…
Amidst the devastation that SIN has brought
into the world and into our lives, many are searching for God.
It is God’s design and desire that “men would seek Him and perhaps
reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one
of us” (Acts 17:27).
When one turns to the Scriptures in his
search for God, he soon discovers that God has already been
“searching” for him – and has made provision for his eternal
Because of His great love for us, God sent
His Son into the world to experience firsthand the trials and
temptations of life. “In all things [Jesus] had to be made
like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High
Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the
sins of the people” (Hebrews 2:17).
This same merciful and faithful High Priest
offered the ONE sacrifice – Himself – on the cross to pay the price
for our redemption and give eternal life to those who accept His
offer. Through His atoning death, one finds life and the
promise of living eternally in a place where “there shall be no more
death, nor sorrow, nor crying, [nor] pain” and all the other things
that are associated with the devastating storms of this life (Rev.
Jesus will save those who: place their
faith and trust in Him (Acts 16:30-31), turn from their sins in
repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confess His name before men (Romans
10:9-10), and are UNITED with Him in baptism (immersion) for the
forgiveness of sins(Acts 2:38). Those who remain faithful to
Him can look forward to a wonderful RE-UNION when He comes to take
His family home to heaven (see John 14:1-6).
Continue searching for GOD and you will
discover that He has been searching for YOU!
Accept His offer of salvation from sin and
from the storms of life.
- David A. Sargent, minister for the Church of Christ at Creekwood
in Mobile, Alabama, is also the editor of an electronic devotional
entitled Living Water." To learn more about this excellent
resource contact David via their website: http://www.creekwoodcc.org
** Several disaster relief agencies associated with the church of
Christ are reaching out to the victims of recent storms including
the Churches of Christ Disaster Response Team
(www.churchesofchristdrt.org), Churches of Christ Disaster
Assistance (www.disasterassistancecoc.com), and the Churches of
Christ Disaster Relief Effort (www.disasterreliefeffort.org).
See the websites for ways to help.