God works in mysterious ways. At least, that's what one Glynn County family believes after they lost everything in a fire, except a Holy Bible.
The fire happened on Belle Point Parkway in Brunswick last Friday. A family friend, Stephanie Levy, said Rachel was living at the residence with her aunt and uncle, Carol and Phil Reese, while she attended college.
According to Levy, the aunt woke up to a loud noise that day. When she went to check it out, she found the back porch engulfed in flames.
The house was at a total loss. Fortunately, no one was injured, but it claimed the lives of one dog, two cats and a kitten.
It also destroyed all of their belongings, except for Rachel's Bible, a gift from her mom when she graduated high school, Levy said.
"The firefighter recovered it," Levy said. "It was in her room. He showed it to her. She was amazed by that... She was very moved by that."
Against the odds, the Bible was sitting on Rachel's dresser surrounded by other books that were destroyed and turned to ashes. The Bible was charred, but overall, it was still in tact; the inside remains untouched, but wet from fire crews as they contained the fire, Levy said.
"She told me she feels that it was a way for God to get a message out from her to other people; to touch other people that she is hoping she could do that," Levy said.
Rachel also sent Levy her favorite Bible verse after the fire: "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised" from Job 1:21-1:22.
To Rachel, especially after the fire, this verse has meaning to her because "even though she lots material things and animals too, the Lord is still going to provide for them and that He is still there for it all," Levy said.
Levy said the Reese family is shaken from the fire and isn't ready to go public. Even so, they remain positive thanks to the community's support.
"As Christians, we should help other people," Levy said. "There are so many negative things... It's nice to see people reaching out to help one another."
Rachel, her aunt and uncle are currently living at a friend's house. Levy set up a GoFundMe page where you can help reach their $4,000 goal by donating here.
The Brunswick Fire Department is still looking into what caused the fire, but the family believes it started from an electrical issue.
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