A very serious EF-3 tornado blew through Hattiesburg, Mississippi over the weekend. Tragically, four lives were lost, and countless others were displaced due to the distruction. Yet, Rick Wilemon, an adjunct art instructor at William Carey University, a private Christian college, provided a glimmer of hope.
While the tornado destroyed the university's chapel and blew out the large stained glass window, the Bible that sat in the chapel was virtually untouched.
Not only untouched, but the pages had blown open to Psalm 46, which reads in part, "God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! A river brings joy to the city of our God, the sacred home of the Most High. God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed. From the very break of day, God will protect it."
Wilemon tells CNN, “No building was left untouched. So many appear to be total losses. It is remarkable that something so inspiring to our community is also inspiring to the nation."