Surviving an Ef5 Tornado is something I can exactly was not on my bucket list to do or to be in. Yet when you live in tornado ally it is something that needs to be spoken of.
A Devastating tornado ripped through my hometown of Joplin Missouri. I was north of town spending time with my boyfriend (now husband) Mark, and his daughter Bug. The storm was originally going toward where I was at, and then suddenly changed instantly. It changed where is was going from the west side of Joplin to the East side of Joplin. It had three vortexes in the storm, and this includes an eye, which is very rare.
My mom, my 14 year old sister (she is now 16), and our boxer were in the pantry. This pantry was the only place mom and dad told us to go if sirens were going off. I remember them saying “Caleb and Sarah if there is a tornado the pantry was the safest place to be.” Still to this day I can still hear it in my head, and my heart.
Vic·tim (vktm) KEY NOUN: One who is harmed or killed by another: a victim of a mugging. A living creature slain and offered as a sacrifice during a religious rite. One who is harmed by or made to suffer from an act, circumstance, agency, or condition: victims of war. A person who suffers injury, loss, or death as a result of a voluntary undertaking: You are a victim of your own scheming. A person who is tricked, swindled, or taken advantage of: the victim of a cruel hoax.
sur·vived, sur·viv·ing, sur·vives
VERB: intr. To remain alive or in existence. To carry on despite hardships or trauma; persevere: families that were surviving in tents after the flood. To remain functional or usable: I dropped the radio, but it survived.
VERB: tr. To live longer than; outlive: She survived her husband by five years. To live, persist, or remain usable through: plants that can survive frosts; a clock that survived a fall. To cope with (a trauma or setback); persevere after: survived child abuse.
OTHER FORMS: sur·vivor(Noun)
As we can see here the definitions of Survivor and Victim is totally different. A survivor is one who endures a disaster, not a victim. Victim is the beginning, but they turn into survivors for enduring through the difficult circumstances. Enduring the disaster is something in itself. It is the road to recovery. It is the road to the new life.
Christ endured a great deal for us on the Cross. He is the one who took the nails in his hands and feet so I could live eternally. He would also be by my side through the worst times of my life. No matter what is going on, He is there, and he will never leave nor forsake us. He is also the Same today, Yesterday, and forever.
Jesus has enabled me to tell my story but from a unique perspective. While everyone looks in on a disaster I am looking from the inside out. Especially from the perspective of Moore, OK; Tuscaloosa, AL;Joplin,MO; and the Texas tornadoes. People who have survived through a very huge disaster go through alot, I know I did. Sometimes work stunts you in your recovery, and it stunted me sometimes too, and friends of mine can tell you that it did. As a survivor, we know what we have gone through, we know what hurts and how it feels when those we know don’t understand what we have gone through or do not care whatsoever.
To those who know what Jesus has asked us to share the good news with others, we need to do it. Many of us know that the disasters have strengthened our relationships with family. Have deepened our relationship with God, and wants us to share the miracle that He has given us to share about His love, and why He sent His Son to die for us.
Survivorship is something God gives people who He knows will glorify Him about what He has done for us, and to bring others to Him. Being inside looking out it a unique perspective. It totally changes the way I have viewed nature. A way to see how God controls it. He does. He is the one who is the Beginning and the End. The Alpha and Omega. There is none like Him.
You can say we are victims, but not by what I know and understand. Yes even if you want to use the dictionary in the debate. It will not be so.
Survivors have endured the hardship.
They have come our strong, and are stronger because of it.
They know what it means to loose everything.
They know what it is like to get cherished items back.
They know what it is like to have people cherish them.
They know that God was there with them despite what was going on.
They know His angels were there to protect them.