November27 , 2022

    Why Would a Loving God Allow Disasters?

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    By Randy R. Kennedy

    On June 9th, 2012, just outside of Ft Collins, Colorado Lightning struck a single tree on private land around 6:00 in the morning.

    grudgingly, I prayed for this lady’s property. And as I did the lady looked up at me and said, “Mister, if my property is spared I will go to church every day for the rest of my life.”

    This fire quickly burned through approximately 136 square miles or more than 87,000 acres.

    The blaze took over 2000 fire fighters to fight and more than 3800 personnel to support the firefighting efforts at a cost of over $38.4 million.

    Over 250 homes and up to 500 structures were destroyed, and one person lost their life. This was a devastatingly deadly natural disaster to the area and its community.

    Because of my service to the state of Colorado, as a state Trooper and as a member of the Colorado Army National Guard I was activated to be the NCOIC of operations. This meant that I was in command of an entire Military Police Battalion responsible for keeping residents of this community safe, along with their property.

    Checkpoints during Colorado State fires

    These MP’s would provide check point security and assist with evacuation from the hardest hit areas. They also secured residents’ property and kept looters from advancing beyond the safe fire perimeters.

    During one of these check point operations we had a resident who was very unruly to my soldiers and law enforcement agency detail who were deployed to secure these check points.

    The only way to explain this woman is with the word Ugly. Her personality was ugly. She was very vulgar; very upset about the situation, and she was assaulting my soldiers with her own feces and spit.

    I was called to the check point to try and de-escalate the situation. When I arrived at the check point I had a pulling from God to pray for this lady and her property.

    As I fought against this thought, and after getting spit on many times by this lady, I made the decision to have her arrested. And just before putting her in the patrol car for assault on my soldiers, I asked her if she would be open to me praying with her.

    This did not help de-escalate the situation. It agitated this lady even more, but a man that was with her was able to calm her down by saying, “He doesn’t have to pray for you. Let him pray for your property and maybe that will help in some way.”

    I was shocked when she turned to me and said, “Yes, you can pray for my property.”

    So grudgingly, I prayed for this lady’s property. And as I did the lady looked up at me and said, “Mister, if my property is spared I will go to church every day for the rest of my life.”

    She smiled and then spit right in my face. Well, she spent the next few nights in the county jail.

    After 21 days, the High Park fire was 100% controlled and contained. Over the next few weeks we slowly allowed members and residents of this community to return to their homes.

    I knew that this lady would be difficult because, of the 37 homes in her neighborhood only one survived. So, I staged myself and some law enforcement in her area so that she would not be able to attack or assault any of my soldiers.

    And lo and behold, not only do I see this lady but I hear her calling for me.

    “Sergeant Kennedy! Sargent Kennedy! I need to speak with you.”

    And as she approached, she fell to the ground sobbing and hugging my feet, asking for directions to the nearest church. Her home was the only one spared.

    After giving her directions to a church in the local area, another resident was calling my name and stating that he had a bone to pick with me. This elderly man explained that he has been a follower of God his entire life and that a week before the fire, he had a massive stroke and has spent the last five or six weeks in the hospital.

    When He was finally released that morning, he had cursed God because he heard that everything he had was destroyed.

    But the worst of it was that the most disgusting and ugly person he had ever met, one of his neighbors’ property was spared, and he was mad at God.

    He told me that this lady caused nightmares for him, his family and the other neighbors of this small cul de sac community. He told me that this lady would throw rocks, spit and even throw feces at her neighbors.

    Can you see why he was angered with God? He dedicated his life to being a good Christian, and this ugly person’s property was spared.  After being released from the hospital, he comes home to his property and runs into the lady he didn’t want to see. He was angered and ready to strike at her.

    But guess what happened. She fell to his feet crying tears over them and hugged and kissed his feet, asking for 20 years of forgiveness.

    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

    Second Corinthians tells us, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

    And as this story shows, there is truly Grace in creation. Our lives are forever changed through these disasters as well.

    My mother-in-law gave me some good advice. She reminded me that these storms are meant to remind us of what is important in our lives.

    It is God who can turn a…

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