The fire in Gatlinburg has been leaving thousands in devastation after taking their homes. We have all been extremely heartbroken after hearing about the fire in Tennessee that has been destroying the Smoky Mountains. There have been endless pictures of wildlife searching for shelter and not only that but people too.
The fire has already destroyed more than 150 structures, killed at least three people, and left thousands more homeless. Yesterday we got news that the fire might take down all of Dolly Parton’s theme park Dollywood, and thankfully that wasn’t the case.
The fire did however burn down part of Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins. Parton sent out her thoughts and prayers expressing that she was deeply saddened for all of those who have lost their homes and loved ones because of the fire.
Although the park wasn’t completely destroyed by the fire, there was still much cleaning to be done due to all of the debris that had been left behind. It was just the day after the wildfire hit Dollywood that the workers were cleaning up the mess – and they found something that has left us absolutely speechless.
One of the workers, Isaac McCord, found a charred piece of paper while cleaning. It wasn’t just any piece of paper though. It was a page from the Bible and what it read left him in tears.
USA Today made the reports about the paper. Apparently McCord was going around double checking an area that had already been cleaned and he stumbled across a burnt piece of paper in a puddle under a bench.
“As soon as I got down on the ground, I noticed it was a Bible verse, and I was like holy crap,” McCord revealed in a phone interview. “It was in a puddle of water. I said, ‘I want to take care of this the best way I can,’ so I gently scooped it up and carried it out the best I could.”
McCord called over another employee who had been helping him clean the area and the two of them read the verse together before both bursting into tears and crying out to God. The verse was about a fire…and it was so touching.
“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 said that they were in disbelief after reading the verse on the paper and the only thing that they knew to do was pray.
“We were like this is unreal, this is unbelievable,” McCord said. “When we had both fully read it, we looked at each other — and I will never forget this moment — we both burst into tears. 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.”
Woah…this is so crazy!