After the Rojas family of Robstown, Texas, returned home to find their house devastated by a fire during Hurricane Harvey, two signs of hope emerged amid the rubble in the form of The Virgin Mary
When the Rojas family boarded up their homes and evacuated in preparation for Hurricane Harvey, they never suspected that they would return to find it had all disappeared. But when an electrical fire broke out as the category 4 storm made landfall, high-speed winds made it impossible for local fire departments to contain the blaze and all three homes on the property were destroyed.
As the family surveyed the devastation, homeowner Natali Rojas told KRISTV, "The first thing I thought is we would have died in here if we would have stayed. We left, so we're alive and I just wish this wouldn't have happened," Her father, Jesus Rojas, also spoke to KRISTV, saying, "We worked all of our lives in fields, trying to show our families how to stay strong, how to believe in God and keep everybody together as a family."
And as the faithful family made their way through what remained of their houses, they found their first sign of hope standing strong and unscathed among the ashes: a statue of The Virgin Mary. "As you can see, this statue is the only thing that survived," Natali told KRISTV. "I dug in there for things, and all I found is a Virgin Mary. Some may blame God and some may blame the hurricane, but the only thing standing were holy things." According to ChurchPOP, a second hand-sized statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was also found later on.
The family is taking the survival of both statues as a sign of better things to come, and as the Rojas family prayed with the crew of KRISTV, Natali left off with these hopeful words for all left to rebuild in the wake of the hurricane: "Appreciate what you have, listen to the warnings, hug your children and thank God for today and yesterday, and pray for a better tomorrow."