Disbelief and despair were barely perceptible beneath the numbing shock as they stood in the ashes and muck that had been their home.
Every item in the home was destroyed. The door of the refrigerator melted rendering all the foodstuffs inside useless. Pieces of framing indicated where walls once divided the space into rooms. Chairs, tables, couches, end tables left only echoes of charred remains indicating their position.
Sorting through the heaps of charred papers for some shreds of their past-paperwork, photos, Christmas cards, birthday greetings-made the weight in their chest ache.
But as they searched, they discovered two items unscathed by fire or water.
A Bible on top of the refrigerator was still there, smelling of smoke, but untouched by the heat of the fire or the spray of rescuing water.
And in the living room, where the end table had been, amid the heap of ashes was another Bible, untouched by anything except smoke.
How, one wonders, could that be?
Only the hand of God, seeking to speak of His truth and grace to a family in their time of need could protect those two Bibles from destruction when nothing else except their own lives had been spared.
This modern miracle brought to mind the old hymn, The Bible Stands. (If you don’t know the melody, check out this site: http://www.hymnpod.com/2010/08/19/the-bible-stands/ )
- The Bible stands like a rock undaunted
’Mid the raging storms of time;
Its pages burn with the truth eternal,
And they glow with a light sublime.
The Bible stands though the hills may tumble,
It will firmly stand when the earth shall crumble;
I will plant my feet on its firm foundation,
For the Bible stands.
- The Bible stands like a mountain tow’ring
Far above the works of men;
Its truth by none ever was refuted,
And destroy it they never can.
- The Bible stands and it will forever,
When the world has passed away;
By inspiration it has been given,
All its precepts I will obey.
- The Bible stands every test we give it,
For its Author is divine;
By grace alone I expect to live it,
And to prove and to make it mine.
God’s word is our truth and foundation. As it says in Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.”
When we believe that the Bible is our firm foundation, we will continue learning each day how to walk by faith.