AFTERMATH: The Rebuild

I write on a Saturday, following a tornado earlier this week on Monday.  The speed of the recovery efforts in this town has blown my mind!  In less than a week’s time, the streets are clean, debris is largely gone, and signs have even been fully replaced in some locations.  I’ve, personally, never seen a situation turn around so fast.  I must give credit to the many, many people who have worked so hard to get things back in order all over.  Is everything 100% like it was or should be?  Of course not, but things are definitely on the improve.  I sense a feeling of community in my town like I haven’t felt in quite some time.

This post is meant to show that things done together work much more effectively than things done alone.  The neighboring business to where I work was crushed by a tree, but as I walked out right after the tornado had went overhead to see what it had done, I neglected to mention what I saw right above his place of business: a bright shining rainbow, already visible even as the storm and its effect were being processed by a bewildered town.  I worried that his business would be affected for a lengthy period, but in a couple days, all of that twisted mess was cut up and hauled off.  Sure, it bears the brunt of the impact even after that work, but it will all be fixed, and if the rate of things progresses, it will be in no time at all.  It wasn’t the owner that did it all by himself; no, other worked to see it through.  What a help we can be to one another when we see their situation and assist them in their time of need!  Many stories, such as this, are happening all around me, and when community seeks to help community with a concerted effort, THINGS…GET…DONE!!!  God’s Word shows us how much more effective we can be together, than we can be alone.  As is often wise to do, I let His Word speak for itself.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NKJV)

Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.
10 For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up.
11 Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm;
But how can one be warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.
And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

I believe that situations come about from time to time that test us as individuals and as a group, and it is through personal and group resolve that each facet is made stronger.  My hometown will be better after this disaster, as I said before in a preceding post.  I believed it then, and I see it being proven now.  As beautiful as that rainbow was, I’m seeing something even more beautiful in the cooperation this situation has brought out.  Let’s not lose it!


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