Why Did A Tornado Destroy Greensburg Kansas
By Linda C Dipman

   The atmosphere darkened bringing a creepy chill of expectancy to the land.  The tornado sirens
sounded warning all residents to immediately take shelter.  Fear dropped into my mind as I realized
that my daughter, son and their families were in a severe storm watch where tornadoes were sighted.

   Turning on my television set a news anchorman within moments broke into regular programming
breathlessly announcing that Greensburg, Kansas was devastated by a tornado that was a mile and
a half wide.  I took a deep breathe as I realized that my daughter and her families town was just
twenty miles from Greensburg.  

   Immediately the weatherman highlighted the direction of the gigantic storm and how it was closing
in on all of the surrounding towns.  Tornado's were springing up everywhere and torrential rain and
hail was pelting everything in it's path.  

   Outside my own home a wave of tornado sirens began to sound. Hammering rain mixed with hail
pelted my home bringing an even more eerie feeling to the night.  My satellite television went out and
I grabbed a radio and flashlight as I headed for my safe room.  Quickly I learned that a tornado was
headed straight for my own city of Great Bend.

    1Peter 5: 8&9, "Be alert, be on watch!  Your enemy, the Devil, roams around like a roaring lion,
looking for someone to devour.  Be firm in your faith and resist him, because you know that your
fellow believers in all the world are going through the same kind of sufferings."

   Our world is more than what it seems.  Each of us are players in a supernatural world game of tug-
of-war.  A battle of good versus evil.  A complex life game that demands that we choose a side and
fight or give up and die!  A game that can devour whole towns if you don't understand why tornado's
are released to cause devastation and loss of life.

   Each difficulty we face has a goal to bring us to our knees and make us deal with the consequence
of living in a imperfect world.  Each brings us to a valley of decision that is meant to test us and
perfect us for the eternal perfect world God has prepared for those who conquer evil and choose to
do good.

   I have been tried and tested in this world through everything I have experienced in my life.  
Everything I have personal gone through just makes me more keenly aware of the struggle that all
Christians face when they  choose to do God's will.  When you hold onto Jesus Christ and His
teachings, you will come under attack by Satan and his demons.  

   The Bible tells us why our world is destructive and menacing to the very existence of all human
kind.  Satan is the god of this world and his desire is to destroy all people's faith in God.  The devil
doesn't want anyone to understand why tornado's exist, because if they knew the truth they would
fight back and win their own personal struggles against evil.

       Ephesians 6: 11-13, "Put on all the armor that God gives you, so that you will be able to stand
up against the Devil's evil tricks.  For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked
spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age.  So
put on God's armor now!  Then when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist the enemy's
attacks;  and after fighting to the end, you will still hold your ground."

   Every time we face tests of all kinds we do spiritual warfare that demands that we use the word of
God in order to fight.  These verses make us aware of what we are fighting against.  Every bad thing
that comes up against people from ferocious storms, to pestilence of all kinds, to wars being fought
near and far is meant to defeat the followers of Christ.

   Ephesians 6:14&15, "So stand ready, with truth as a belt tight around your waist, with
righteousness as your breastplate, and as your shoes the readiness to announce the Good News of
peace."

   Understanding the consequences of living in a war zone made me understand why my own family
was in the path of a colossal storm. I personal chose to fight for God and because I clung to the word
of God and to the principles taught in the Bible my entire family, community, and state were under
siege.

   I was not alone in my struggles against Satan, all Christians in Kansas were under attack for
believing and placing their trust in God! Only together were we able with God's help to defeat the
continued destructive path of the storm.  God heard the voices of the faithful pleading on behalf of
their brothers and sisters and God dissolved Satan's will to destroy additional towns.

   Ephesians 6: 16-18, "At all times carry faith as a shield; for with it you will be able to put out all the
burning arrows shot by the Evil One.  And accept salvation as a helmet, and the word of God as the
sword which the Spirit gives you.  Do all this in prayer, asking for God's help.  Pray on every
occasion, as the Spirit leads.  For this reason keep alert and never give up; pray always for all God's
people."

    When you understand the battle between good and evil you begin to realize that the ominous
storm did not happen as a punishment sent by God, but rather as a test that is meant to make us
strong!  It reveals what kind of soldier's we are in the battle against evil.  It builds our character and
gives us the ability to become stronger people.

   James 1: 2-4, "My brothers, consider yourselves fortunate when all kinds of trials come your way,
for you know that when your faith succeeds in facing such trials, the result is the ability to endure.
Make sure that your endurance carries you all the way without failing, so that you may be perfect and
complete, lacking nothing."

   Satan attacks every community that strives to do God's will.  He battles against the good in order
that his own evil works can be accomplished.  He wants to destroy people's faith and make them
blame God for what they just suffered.

          God takes the evil Satan inflicted on man and turns it into good by showing Christians
everywhere what they are capable of overcoming.  He gives them testimonies that they can share
with all people.  He gives good and faithful people the opportunities to be on national television and
tell everyone that with God's help, Greensburg will rebuild again!

   Nothing can prevent Christians from praising God, because the love God produces in our hearts
shine forth when we face tragedies of all kinds.  Our hope in a powerful God helps us to function
even when we have just lost everything we have ever owned.

   1Peter 1: 3-5, "Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  Because of  his
great mercy he gave us new life by raising Jesus Christ from death.  This fills us with a living hope,
and so we look forward to possessing the rich blessings that God keeps for his people.  He keeps
them for you in heaven, where they cannot decay or spoil or fade away.  They are for you, who
through faith are kept safe by God's power for the salvation which is ready to be revealed at the
proper time."

   Everything that we go through has a reward.  A reward that is waiting for us in Heaven.  A reward
that is measured by the amount of tragedy we overcame in our worldly lives.  Together we share in
the richness of a perfect heaven where nothing can spoil or ware out.

   Everything about our world is temporary. Food has a shelf life. Vehicles can be destroyed.  
Weather can destroy an entire community. People have an appointed time and then they live no
more in this temporary imperfect world.  

   When we place our hope in God, we are different from the people of the world.  Because we know
that our suffering will make us stronger people and change us into better people.  We feel for the
homeless people of the tornado.  We care about those who lost someone they loved during the
tornado.  We have compassion for people who have no work, because their jobs were destroyed in
the tornado.

   Romans 8:28, "We know that in all things God works for good with those who love him, those whom
he has called according to his purpose."

   Jesus Christ gives our lives purpose.  We never give up no matter what happens because we know
that our present situation cannot defeat us because we have Jesus on our side.  We are like super
hero's who have been given the ability to stand up to evil and fight!  

   This is the reason why we must understand that when you are in a world game of good versus evil,
you will see the differences it makes in people.  People who are good will rise above the destruction
of a tornado and testify for God, but those who have given into the world will run away and hide and
blame God for their pain.

   Our world has an appointed time and then the world game is over. Be patient as you endure
Satan's rampage of evil and remember Jesus is coming in the clouds to bring all his faithful hero's
home.  A perfect home where we will live in peace and in the perfection of Heaven.  

   James 5:7&8, "Be patient, then, my brothers, until the Lord comes.  See how patient a farmer is as
he waits for his land to produce precious crops.  He waits patiently for the autumn and spring rains.  
You also must be patient.  Keep your hopes high, for the day of the Lord's coming is near.”

   My family, friends and community stood strong against the storm and escaped with very little
damage.  We understood our fight and we called upon Jesus' name and He rescued us from the
tornado's that wanted to take our lives and end our battle for Christ.