Despite the recent tornado that decimated Nashville and brought destruction to many towns in the region leaving at least 25 dead, Lauren Jackson and Jorja Gust found a message of hope in Cookeville in the midst of tragedy. “We were crouching down there for probably 10 minutes, just searching for some hope or something Cookeville needed to hear,” stated Jorja Gust.
As the Tennessee Tech students continued searching they reportedly discovered a Bible practically untouched by the deadly tornadoes that removed the home where it once stood. The Bible was lying open to the passage of Jeremiah 46:27 which reads: “Do not be afraid, Jacob my servant; do not be dismayed, Israel. I will surely save you out of a distant place, your descendants from the land of their exile. Jacob will again have peace and security, and no one will make him afraid.”
BIBLE BRINGS HOPE: 2 TN Tech students found this Bible while they were helping cleanup after a deadly tornado ripped through Cookeville. Even though the home was leveled, the Bible was practically untouched. It was open to Jeremiah 46:27. pic.twitter.com/GVrFy4lTD8— Bliss ZechmanNC9 (@BlissZechman) March 5, 2020
Lauren Jackson stated: “This is all him. This is not us. He’s just using us to share his word,” said Lauren Jackson. The two girls shared their find on social media where it was shared over 6000 times. “The main point was Cookeville will again have peace and security. And I felt like that’s what everyone needed to hear because as you can see it looks like there’s no hope here,” said Gust.
A similar story was also reported when Big Cee O’Neal, a musician, and producer, was helping a friend clean up storm damage in Tennessee when he noticed a large book caught in a tree which ended up being a Bible. “God is our rock. He just showed it to you. I’m praying for you. God is looking to you. He’s with you. Blessed be you and all others in the same situation,” one observer noted on Twitter.