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Mark Lowry – I Survived A Tornado (Comedy/Live)


HAVE YOU EVER BEEN
THROUGH A TORNADO? THEY SOUND LIKE FREIGHT
TRAINS DON’T THEY? WELL I’M FROM TEXAS AND
I HAD NEVER BEEN THROUGH
A TORNADO BEFORE, AND I WAS ON MY HOUSEBOAT. I HAVE A HOUSEBOAT WHICH IS
REALLY JUST A TRAILER ON FLOATS. AND ABOUT TWO-THIRTY IN
THE MORNING I WOKE UP AND HEARD A FREIGHT TRAIN
COMING DOWN OUR LAKE. AND I THOUGHT, THERE AIN’T NO
FREIGHT TRAIN ON THIS LAKE. AND IT GOT CLOSER AND CLOSER
AND CLOSER AND CLOSER AND ALL OF A SUDDEN IT HIT! AND IT HIT WITH A VENGEANCE AND
I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON. AND ALL THE LIGHTS WERE
BLOWN OUT ON THE DOCK, AND THE BOAT WAS BUCKING
AND ROCKING AND I WAS
THROWN TO THE FLOOR. AND ON MY WAY TO THE FLOOR
I GRABBED THE CURTAINS AND
LOOKED OUTSIDE, AND LIGHTNING WAS FLASHING
AND RAIN WAS FLYING SIDEWAYS
AND I THOUGHT, ISN’T THAT PRETTY? MY ADD KICKED IN FOR
JUST A SECOND THERE. AND THEN I REALIZED,
I’M GOING TO DIE. AND I FELT MY WAY TO
THE FRONT OF THE BOAT, AND IT WAS STILL
BUCKING AND ROCKING, AND I LOOKED OVER AT PIER
TWO – I’M ON PIER ONE – AND
I LOOKED OVER AT PIER TWO, AND THE LIGHTNING
FLASHED AGAIN, AND I SAW BROKEN LEGS OF THE
PIER STRETCHING INTO THE SKY. AND I SAW THE BOTTOMS OF
BOATS THAT HAD BEEN
FLIPPED UPSIDE-DOWN. AND I THOUGHT, OH THAT
CAN’T BE HAPPENING. YOU KNOW LIGHTNING FLASHES
AND THEN IT’S GONE, AND YOU
THINK, DID I REALLY SEE THAT? AND IT FLASHED AGAIN AND I
THOUGHT, OH I DID SEE IT. AND I GOT ON THE RADIO
AND I PICKED IT UP AND I SAID,
ARE YOU GUYS THERE?
ARE YOU GUYS THERE? THIS IS MARK OVER ON PIER ONE. ARE YOU OK ON PIER TWO? AND AFTER A FEW MINUTES A FEW
OF THEM GRABBED THEIR RADIOS AND THEY SAID, YES, WE’RE OK! WE’RE UPSIDE-DOWN BUT WE’RE OK. THEY’D ALL BEEN
THROUGH IT BEFORE. COME TO FIND OUT THIS DOCK I’M
ON IS CALLED “TORNADO ALLEY.” ‘COURSE THEY DIDN’T TELL ME
THAT WHEN I RENTED MY SPACE. AND THEY’D ALL BEEN
THROUGH IT BEFORE AND IT
SCARED THE FOOL OUT OF ME. AND I WENT UP THERE THE NEXT
MORNING TO THE COFFEE SHOP. AND EVERYBODY DRINKS
COFFEE AND TELLS
THEIR FISH TALES. I’VE GOT SOME GOOD FISH
TALES – OF COURSE I’VE NEVER
FISHED IN MY LIFE, BUT IT DON’T STOP YOU FROM
HAVING A GOOD FISH TALE. THAT MORNING WE HAD NEW
TALES TO TELL, AND I SAID,
YOU KNOW WHAT, YA’LL, I WOULD HAVE ENJOYED THAT A
LOT MORE HAD I KNOWN I WAS
GOING TO LIVE THROUGH IT. ‘CAUSE IT WAS FUN. YOU KNOW I BET YOU WHEN
WE GET TO HEAVEN, WELL I DON’T BET – WELL I COULD
BET. I’M BAPTIST, WE CAN BET. YOU PENTECOSTALS, YOU BET,
YOU GO STRAIGHT TO HELL. I BET AND GO RIGHT TO HEAVEN! NO. I BET YOU THOUGH,
WHEN WE GET TO HEAVEN… YOU LOOK ME UP AND SEE IF
IT AIN’T TRUE… WE’RE GOING TO LOOK
BACK OVER OUR LIVES AND WE’RE GOING TO SAY,
YOU KNOW WHAT? I’D HAVE ENJOYED THAT A LOT
MORE HAD I KNOWN I WAS
GOING TO LIVE THROUGH IT. AND YOU KNOW WHAT, YOU ARE. LISTEN, THIS AIN’T HOME. THIS IS BOOT CAMP. THIS IS WHERE WE LEARN
TO WALK BY FAITH. AND I’M BAPTIST, WE HAVE
TO WALK BY FAITH. YOU PENTECOSTALS GET
MIRACLES. WE GET NOTHING! OH! YA’LL HAVE SEEN ‘EM
RAISED FROM THE DEAD,
CRIPPLES WALK, BLIND SEE. BAPTISTS, ZIP! NOTHING! I USED TO ARGUE WITH
VESTAL ABOUT THAT. I SAID, WHY CAN’T I EVER SEE
A MIRACLE OR SOMETHING? AND SHE SAID, WHY I’VE
SEEN THEM ALL THE TIME,
I’VE SEEN MIRACLES. DOTTIE AND VESTAL HAVE
ANGELS OVER FOR LUNCH ON A
REGULAR BASIS, THEY DO! I GET NOTHING! I GOT TO WALK BY FAITH. BUT I TOLD THEM ONE DAY I
SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT, THOUGH? JESUS SAID I’M MORE
BLESSED THAN YOU. ‘CAUSE BLESSED ARE THEY WHO
HAVE NOT SEEN, AND YET BELIEVE. SO IF YOU NEVER SEE A MIRACLE,
DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT.

31 thoughts on “Mark Lowry – I Survived A Tornado (Comedy/Live)

  1. thats one of my favorite lines ever. I would have enjoyed that much more if I knew I was going to live through it.

  2. Love this remarkable Christian using his talent for Jesus! My kids have grown up listening and enjoying Mark. Praise God for his work!

  3. Hes been thru one of them there naders. Thats a miracle in itself ! Im pentecostal andwas baptist before i was converted. You can have miracles in your life too. God is not looking for a religion, Hes lookin for a relationship

  4. That is why Mark Lowery is such a comedy genius. He slips in those really intense and profound Throughs that slip by some people . God bless you and Angel Watching over us ! Safe in the Master hand! Blessed
    ♥✝ Update 11/10/2018✝♥

  5. i was in a coma in 95. while living in the rehab center i saw lightning strike the lightning tower. i was concercened because i wasn't at the point of recovery where lightning towers were a thing. they told eveyone get into your beds. i almost tried to leave the building but The Holy Spirit told me that it is well & rest my son.

  6. I’ve lived in Kansas Texas and Oklahoma. We had 16 tornadoes the other day! I’ve been real close to two going through my town and I thought it sounded more like a long extended explosion! I’ve tried to leave tornado Alley but in ‘84 there was a tornado in Hawaii while we were visiting my grandparents! And in the mid '90’s there was one in downtown Salt Lake City when I was living over there! I moved back to tornado alley cuz at least we’ve got underground shelters here. ( not really why I moved back but that is a plus )

  7. My first time in Illinois, in July, they told me if a tornado came it sounded like a freight train and I’d have plenty of warning. So in the middle of the night, I heard it coming. I got up and went out on the porch to see if I could see it. I stood there wondering if I should wake everyone up. About the time I thought I should probably go get everyone up and into the basement, I heard "woo woo".
    I went back to bed.

  8. It is always amazing when God might perform a miraculous rescue in our lives. It is great to express gratitude toward our creator at those times. I grew up in the state of Florida. My mother had survived a whirlwind before. I had survived three of them going through the street I was living on at one time. That was amazing for me. However, not everybody was so fortunate. It is important to remember along with the rescues God has performed in our lives there is sometimes the trouble notion that sometimes others that believe or it's troubling considering the human condition, that maybe those that are not of the faith when they could be, experience losses at that time. The very human questions they deal with in their grief is …why if that miracle might be performed for others, why would it not be performed my family? They loved God and went to church and could sing too? Why? One must always remember the aspect of grief counselling being part of what the church is about as much as thanks for our victories and rescues. There was another storm with whirlwinds that resulted when a very powerful hurricane had missed our town. There was expensive damage to the place where my parents lived and the power was out for days. Even though the storm had missed the area, there were seniors that died from the heat in the aftermath. My mom was driving to a doctor's appointment even during the time of thanks for the powerful hurricane missing their neighborhood, the traffic lights went out. My mom was trying to drive and was very upset with the lights going out. My mom, who had survived a whirlwind, had a terrible heart attack and went into assisted living from the results of a hurricane that would thought of as missing us. You never know how life might play out. She didn't die but it was a long stuggle to recovery is still on going (would you pray for her?) and then there all of the people still dealing with their grief. It is not to discount the story which is inspiring and told with great humor but one should always remember the suffering when they think of a disaster. The school my mom went to, where they had survived the tornadoes or whirlwinds, has an athletic team named the Tornadoes…some would say the name is the remember when they were spared from a the whirlwinds, but as the rainbow is a symbol of peace, you couldn't really call the football team the rainbows. That might be one of the old corny jokes people think of but don't stoop to telling. I think one might remind the towns with the weather patterns about that being what one might be as nostalgic about as their victory though. The hockey team is named the lightning. In the 1980's. there were stories of a park ranger that had survived being struck by the bolts. Maybe he was cleaning beer cans out of a nesting area and is great God would spare him death. Again, you can't really call a hockey team the Big White Fluffy Clouds though. Same joke kind of (I'm sorry). Athletic teams aren't bad guys always at all and they do good community work and the warriors out there sometimes do have to protect folks from the Goliaths or what have you. But I think it's good to remember the Ranger survived that happening while he maybe cleared away brush and kept things safe and healthy for folks. It wasn't that he could strike somebody with one while they enjoyed the sunset and it was't to keep the coast clear while people left their beer cans in a nesting area. Shalom.

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