News of the tragedy was practically instant, thanks to technology. Hundreds of thousands of people began contacting each other to find out if they were safe, or to let their loved ones know that they were ok.
Lee Brice was one of those individuals. He had just performed at the country music festival only two nights before. You can imagine the dread he felt as reached for his phone to find out if his friends were ok. He immediately texted his friend, Jake Owen.
“It was so hard to comprehend, I immediately texted Jake [Owen] because I knew he was there and he had just gotten off stage and he immediately texted back.”
“What he sent back was so, I don’t know, made it feel so real,” Owen told Brice that there was “Blood everywhere…”
Brice sees his stardom as a role. To stand up and be a pillar in his community. To let people know that it’s time to stand up and be brave, to not back down. When you give in to crazy killers and show them you’re affected by their actions, that’s when they win. That’s when they’re encouraged to do more.
“I have faith that God has a plan and that he will prevail,” he told us. “That this kind of a terrorism, which I believe that it is. What kind of terrorism it is, I don’t care. It’s just a fact that somebody is trying to make a point to scare people, country music fans, innocent people to stop doing what they want to do.”
Romans 8:28 tells us,
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
and Jesus told us in John 10:10,
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Inevitably there will always be people who blame God for this or ask ‘WHY’ God lets things like this happen. God didn’t make this happen. That was the Devi’s handiwork.
God always has a plan of redemption. He’s always able to take the junk that’s left from a tragedy and make something beautiful out of it.
We’re already getting stories of heroism. For some people it ultimately does take a tragedy to make a change, but many many people will be spurred by this event to make the changes necessary to change their own lives for the better.