May 3, 1999 started out as an ordinary hot humid day across the Oklahoma region south of Oklahoma City. Weather reports issued a slight risk for severe weather and all went about their daily lives with no fear of danger. By late morning the weather report published an increasing chance of scattered severe storms. By 3:oo P.M. it was evident that severe weather was imminent. A short time later parts of Oklahoma and Kansas issued a “high risk” warning for sever thunderstorms and possible tornados. Large super-cell thunderstorms developed by late afternoon and by evening time tornados began to break out. Such is the case in this part of America and even though this same scenario had played itself out many times before this day would prove to be different.
The most significant tornado that night touched down just Southwest of Amber, Oklahoma and traveled over Tinker Air Force Base north of Oklahoma City and lifted at Midwest City near the intersection of Reno Avenue and Woodcrest Drive. The damage done by this F5 tornado was over one billion dollars. The highest recorded wind speed was 301 mph (484 km/h). Thirty six people were killed and 8000 homes were destroyed or badly damaged.
This story is very similar to a parable taught in the Word of God, the Bible, about storms. Jesus related the story of two men who built two different kinds of homes. When the houses were finished a great storm arose and beat against them. One was destroyed and the other stood the test of the winds and waves. This is because one was anchored solid and the other had no foundation at all. Can you imagine building a house without a foundation? Sadly, many people do every day. Jesus however was not so interested in physical houses as he was our spiritual house and taught us a fact of life, the storm will come.
“And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:27 (KJV)
“And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.” Matthew 7:25 (KJV)
When the storm comes in your life will you be able to make it through? What kind of foundation have you built your life upon? The answer to these questions are found in this parable. I have written a study about this entitled “The Parable of Two House Builders” that I would love to have you go through. It gives us the recipe for a solid and secure life. Jesus has given us the blueprint for building solid lives and once the house is built right it will guarantee freedom from the storms of life that will surely come. Even though they will come they don’t have to be the end of your life.
Thanks for letting me into your week, I pray it has been blessed of the Lord.
Here is the weekly inspirational scripture. (Kind of long but really great!)
“Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;  Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.  A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.  Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.  Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;  There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.” Psalm 91:5-10 (KJV)