How do we explain it?
Well, those who survive have this odd tendency to credit God with their survival.
The house was gone, but Kruger says he believes there's reason why he survived.
"I think God was holding my leg, beating my ass, teaching me that I hadn't been doing everything he wanted me to do," he said.
Yep, God held his leg and got him through the tornado to knock some sense into the poor boy.
I heard two students from Union University in Tennessee talk about how God saved them from the storms.
No one thinks through what they're saying when they thank God for their survival. Yes, they're alive and they're thankful and that's good. But, they don't stop to think what kind of God they're praising. Why did God spare them and not the others? Why were they special? So, God likes Mr. Kruger better than the other 50 or so folks who died during the storm?
The problem is we can't accept the utter randomness of life. We must have been spared by some benevolent sky God instead of simply being lucky. God had nothing to do with it. Just as God had nothing to do with the storm. The storm was the result of specific weather conditions converging to form tornadoes. God didn't will it. It happened because that's what happens when these conditions converge.
God didn't "save" anyone. God didn't take anyone's life. God didn't "protect" anyone and "forsake" anyone else.
A storm came. Some died. Some didn't. Some lost their homes. Some didn't.
Luck of the draw. Nothing more.
Those who remain alive are glad to be alive and they should be. If it makes them rethink how they're spending their lives and they decide they ought to live better lives, then God is in that. God is always there, grieving with us, giving us hope and bringing redemption out of shitty situations.
God is in the comfort. God is in the growth after the tragedy. God is not in the storm - God is in the still small voice that comforts and encourages us after the bad shit happens.