Hope – Joplin, MO one month after the tornado
It’s been a month, to the day, since an EF-5 tornado swept through Joplin, Missouri. It’s one of those major events we will look back on and say, “Where were you when the tornado hit Joplin?”
I know where I was… I was in my car on I-44 traveling back to NW Arkansas from St. Louis heading straight into the storm. I had switched back to the radio after listening to my iPod just as one of the many emergency broadcast messages came over the airwaves warning everyone to take cover immediately.
At that point, I was near exit 22 just east of Highway 59 (exit 18), and they were predicting a tornado to touch down somewhere between exits 3 and 10. WOW! I was very close but still east of the storm front. Thinking back, I can still sense God’s calming and directing hand on me, and I will forever be grateful for the grace that He showed me that day.
Through the use of smart phones, my family and friends were able to quickly re-route me away from the storm. I can’t let myself think of what might have been.
This past Monday, I met one of my good friends from Michigan in Joplin. Honestly, since I’ve seen so many pictures of the damage, I was not too overwhelmed. And now, after analyzing it further, I think I was encouraged because what I witnessed was hope – even after all the tragedy and destruction, Joplin was filled with hope!
The community has rallied together, and so many people/organizations are giving so generously to help restore Joplin. In one month, the people of Joplin have moved from experiencing disaster and assessing damage to cleaning up and rebuilding. There is no doubt that this process will take years to complete, but Joplin definitely has hope. Here are some of the pictures I took on Monday.
Devoted Believer. Blessed Wife & Mother. Degreed Engineer. Passionate Photographer.