That's because they were still hanging, by the barest of threads. Smith said she noticed that several decorative crosses she had hung throughout the house also remained hanging on studs, though the walls had given way around them.
Smith said the survival of the crosses and paintings seemed miraculous.
“My mom called me from Colorado and asked me, ‘Did the Jesus painting make it?'
For Smith, the Lord spoke in the midst of the storm.
Yes, her beloved trees were gone, but His presence still surrounded her. None of her family members were injured in the tornado, and their heirloom paintings also remained intact.
“People ever wonder if there is a God, something like this needs to happen to you,” Smith said.