An employee at the Dolly Parton-owned theme park Dollywood, which lies in one of the cities affected by the recent rash of wildfires in Tennessee, found something exceptionally disturbing while helping co-workers clean up debris Tuesday.
“I just found this while helping our house and grounds team clean different areas of Dollywood theme park,” employee Isaac McCord wrote in a Facebook post that included a picture of the frightening find. “It was under a bench soaking wet. Talk about goosebumps …”
What was it? A burned Bible page that featured a passage from Joel wherein the prophet Joel warned the people of God’s impending punishment — which in this particular passage included fire.
Take a look:
“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,” the passage read. “The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.”
Speaking later with the Knoxville News Sentinel, McCord described exactly how finding the chilling passage made him and his co-worker feel.
“When we had both fully read it, we looked at each other — and I will never forget this moment — we both burst into tears,” he said. “I was ghost white, and we just prayed. There was nothing else to do. Still to this moment, almost four hours after the fact, I don’t have words for it.”
Thankfully, Dollywood managed to survive the fires without suffering any major damage and was slated to resume operations Friday. The same could not be said for the “hundreds of (other) homes and businesses” destroyed by the wildfires, as reported by USA Today.
Were the fires that ravaged these communities part of some sort of divine justice? Hopefully not, though the eerie coincidence of discovering Joel 1:19 amid the post-fire debris at Dollywood was certainly enough to inspire curiosity — and a reminder that before God does send judgment, He always calls mercifully for repentance.
H/T Fox News
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