April 27, 2011 is a day I will never forget in my life. It is the day a town that I love was destroyed, and forever changed. I thank God that I was not harmed through this, and am very grateful that none of my friends were harmed. Unfortunately for many friends though, they lost everything they owned. It is moments like this that make you put your life into perspective and it is all so surreal.
When James Spann said those of us in Northport (where I was at the time of the storm) were not in harm’s way, I immediately went to the window. My roommates and I friend all saw the F-5 tornado tearing through the town that we love. During this time, our phones went on the frizz. I had over 40 text messages and many phone calls, most of which did not go through. My first though was, what about the people hit, my friends, my community. I will put it this way, the photos I took and the images on TV do not show you the beginning of what happened.
People stayed out our place and several friends stayed above us at our friends too. We decided we were going to go help, and my eyes were no prepared for what was ahead of me. As we traveled the streets I have driven through my time in Tuscaloosa, none of it was recognizable. I remember asking what road we were on, and when I found it was one I travel regularly I was astonished. So many were trapped, missing, homeless, and dead. The things I saw I will never un-see, and I never want to see them again.
Tuscaloosa is going to take a long time to clean up, and I know what you’re thinking; what can I do? If you can get out on the streets and help, by all means do it we need you. Contributing food, goods, and money will do just as much work. Give blood, donated to the salvation army, and pray. God will get us through this where we can move forward, but please pray. A verse come to mind in this time of need, one that Mayor Walt Maddox used.
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.“
President Obama said he has never seen a natural disaster like this. A family told us who was impacted by Katrina, it is just like Katrina on a smaller town. Join us in rebuilding our city, and lift this town up in prayer. God bless you, and God bless Tuscaloosa