A bolt of lightning struck a 150-year-old church in Wakefield, Massachusetts. The end result was utter devastation and the total destruction of the church which had stood since 1872, with one thing saved, that being a large picture of Jesus.
More About The Photo That Survived
This was no small fire; it was a seven-alarm fire that blackened even the remnants of wood, furnishings and other materials that weren’t burned to a crisp. Yet, somehow, this large painting of Jesus was discovered in the rubble, completely free of burn marks or water damage, in pristine condition. See the evidence of this miraculous event for yourself below.
What The Bible Says About Fire
In the Bible, fire is used several times to indicate power and sometimes God’s wrath as well. One verse that mentions fire is 2 Thessalonians 1:7, which says, “… and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels.” Although this wasn’t the incident Thessalonians was referencing, it is interesting how the painting of Jesus in this fire was “revealed” even though devastation raged all around.
What Believers Can Learn From This Incident
There is no way of knowing what God intended on communicating by keeping this painting of Jesus intact. Perhaps, a firefighter needed to be reminded of God’s power. Maybe someone watching on the news needed to see the face of Christ. We might never know. However, it is worth remembering that everything God does, He does for a reason, even protecting a painting from harm. He truly works in the most mysterious ways.