By Mark Ellis –
The cluster of storm cells firing across western Missouri with baseball-sized hail caused the first tornado warnings to be issued at 11:02 p.m. as many were dropping off to sleep.
An hour and a half later, when most were already in a deep sleep, a more direct warning was issued for Nashville, but it was too late for many to take cover. Within six minutes of the warning the tornado hit with over 160 mile per hour winds, a ferocity that toppled trees and buildings, shredding many structures to small, unrecognizable fragments.
At least 25 were killed in the disaster, with more than 150 injured, and thousands left without power.
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind… 1 Kings 19:11
Yet one singular book of infinite value survived the tempest – the Holy Bible, without any damage, resting in the bough of several forked branches, as if set there by an angel.
“My friend’s house was hit hard while cleaning I noticed one thing!” Big Cee O’Neal reported in a short video clip reposted by CBN.
As he helped his friend with the clean-up effort, he happened to glance upward and see something amazing.
There was the Bible resting in the tree, completely unscathed and balanced perfectly between the trunk (Vine) and one surprisingly sturdy Branch.
It was an excellent place for God’s Word to abide – between branch and vine.