Divine Protection During A Vicious Tornado
Tornados are not all that common in Virginia. So when seven swept through the state in one day, the devastation was shocking. Donna and Paul Richardson of Tappahannock, Virginia, were inside their home as the fierce winds literally began ripping it apart at the seams. And they are thanking God for His protection during the harrowing ordeal.
Paul heard the terrifying sound of the EF-3 tornado before his wife. He ran to find Donna, and as the two huddled inside a closet for safety, they listened to the roof being ripped right off the top of their house. And it just kept getting worse.
"Next, we started hearing nails popping, and then the whole bottom of the downstairs just disappeared from underneath us, and my husband jumped on top of me," Donna recalls.
Paul used his body to protect Donna as best he could, but not surprisingly, there were some injuries, the worst being Donna’s broken leg and hip. But in going head to head with a tornado, the couple is fully aware that it’s nothing short of a miracle to have come out the other side with their lives. And Donna was truly humbled by her husband’s heroic and selfless act to save her:
“If it weren't for my husband I wouldn't be here. I'm so blessed to be here. He saved my life," Donna tearfully explained.
But it wasn’t just Paul that came to the rescue that day. As the house was blown apart and the deadly winds violently dragged the couple around, it was the hand of God that shielded Paul!
“But as we’re going along, I could feel a hand pressing down on me to hold us down on the ground, and protecting us the whole time that this was going on,” Paul explains.
You can hear the couple talk about the experience in the video below:
“We live within the shadow of the Almighty, sheltered by the God who is above all gods. This I declare, that he alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I am trusting him. For he rescues you from every trap and protects you from the fatal plague. He will shield you with his wings! They will shelter you. His faithful promises are your armor. Now you don't need to be afraid of the dark anymore, nor fear the dangers of the day.” Psalm 91:1-5
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