This is clearly another miracle in Gatlinburg, Tennessee in the wake of the devastating wildfire but this time it’s a message for the world from God.
There was an earlier report of a “miracle amid the destruction” where a statue of Jesus Christ, covered in ashes and soot, that was the only thing left standing in a home that was burned to the ground.
This time it’s a message from a bible portion which the fire could not destroy.
CNN reports that Isaac McCord, an employee at Dollywood, and a coworker were helping clean up the theme park, which had to be evacuated when flames neared its gates.
Under a bench, McCord said he found a partially burned page from the Bible. What’s readable is part of the first chapter of the book of Joel: “O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field.”
“It was one of the most surreal moments of my life, both emotionally and spiritually,” McCord told CNN. “I was in utter shock when I read what I found. At first I just thought it was maybe a piece of newspaper or maybe a magazine but I was curious to see if I could find out where it came from, or how far it traveled… so I got down on my knees to get a better look and realized it was a page from the Bible.”
McCord immediately took a picture of what he’d found and posted it to Facebook, where it’s been shared tens of thousands of times.
Many commenters took it as a sign from God.
“This is a fall on your knees moment,” one woman wrote. “Prayers for Gatlinburg and all of us.”
“I have goosebumps. Makes you wonder,” another woman wrote.
McCord said the burned page sparked a feeling that speaks to a lot of people.
“It provides hope and faith,” he said. “That’s why I shared it.”
McCord has put the page in a plastic protector and plans to frame it.