The recent wildfires in the southeastern United States have been devastating, with lives lost, countless homes destroyed, and thousands of acres burned.
But in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, amid the rubble, people found what some are calling a “miracle amid the destruction”: 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.
CNN reports that the Jesus statue was the second religious item this week that survived the wildfires. Earlier this week Isaac McCord, an employee at the Dollywood theme park, says he found a partially burned page from the Bible’s book of Joel.
The part of the passage that’s readable, from Joel’s first chapter reads, “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.”
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.
“It provides hope and faith,” McCord said. “That’s why I shared it.”
At least seven people have lost their lives in the wildfires that have ravaged Sevier County and Gatlinburg this week.
Here’s a video of the wreckage