1 Corinthians 12:4-7, 24-27 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. … So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.
My brother-in-law Pete Johnson (http/www.hanoverdale.church) sent me this story. “God works in different ways”—indeed!! He doesn’t say so, but he’s the one who performed the wedding ceremony.
But God is mighty to save, by Peter Johnson
Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
Friday afternoon, April 30 was a windy day. Excitement was mounting for the upcoming outdoor wedding of Maggie and Cooper the next day. As some family and members of the wedding party decorated under the party tent, little did they realize that danger was brewing just outside.
A few round tables had been set up, but the 100 wooden folding chairs delivered by the event company were lying flat, stacked under the tent. Flowers were being arranged as people discussed where things should go. Suddenly the 10-15 mph wind gusted to a 60-mph burst. An eighty-foot oak tree with a four-foot circumference just outside the tent twisted, tore and snapped in half, falling on the tent right where the wedding party stood.
By all accounts, there should have been multiple crushing injuries and fatalities. BUT GOD…! The tree trunk collapsed the tent and landed on the stacked folding chairs, splintering them into kindling. It crushed the tables into a twisted, broken mass of metal and plastic. Then it bounced left, missing the house by just a few feet.
Hearing bark and wood tear, someone yelled “Run!” But there wasn’t time; in a split second the trunk and limbs of the tree flattened the tent, and the canvas in turn flattened the people under it. Cooper tackled his soon to be father-in-law to protect him from the massive tree. They lay stunned in the space between the tent canvas and the ground provided by the stacked chairs. The trunk landed one inch away from where one person stood. Another had a two-foot limb land on one side of him and another two-foot limb land on the other side of him as he lay in the V of where the limbs connected to the trunk.
The best man, Mike, stood with his eleven-month-old daughter, my granddaughter Florence on his shoulders. When he saw the tree ripping apart, he ran. A branch of the tree hit him in the back, knocking Flo out of his arms, scraping her forehead, and fracturing her wrist. Mid-stride he was able to grab her by the leg before she hit the ground, then kept running to the other side of the yard.
People were sore from being knocked over, and one person had a tiny scratch. Amazingly, Flo’s wrist was the worst injury of the day.
The next day, a tree company cleaned up the broken tree and the party event company delivered 100 new chairs, set up on the other side of the yard. The weather was perfect, and minus one tent, Maggie and Cooper were married in a wonderful ceremony. A potential tragedy was eclipsed by miracle, wonder and the powerful hand of God.
The Bible says God is our protector in the storms of life. Isaiah 32:2 teaches that when God’s Kingdom is present “Each will be like a refuge from the wind and a shelter from the storm, like streams of water in a dry country, like the shade of a huge rock in a parched land.”
We praise God for His protection. God is good, even in the wind. He is mighty to save!