Hurricane Harvey continues to devastate Texas, claiming lives and leaving countless property damage in its wake.
In this dark hour, many people turn to their faith, taking solace in the idea that everything is for a reason and this is all part of some larger plan.
One family was reeling from a heartbreaking loss—only to find an uplifting sign of hope amidst the rubble.
Things haven’t always come easy for the Rojas family, but through hard work and sticking together, they had built up a nice life for themselves in Robstown, Texas.
“I believe that throughout my life I’ve suffered a lot, we were migrants,” Jesus Rojas, the family patriarch, explained to KRIS.
“We worked all of our lives in fields and trying to show our families how to stay strong, how to believe in God and keep everybody together as a family.”
Jesus’ efforts paid off, because eventually the family was able to build up three homes across an 11-acre property, where twelve members of their extended family lived.
The main home was a gorgeous, towering three-story Victorian-style home.
But when they heard of the massive hurricane coming their way, they took the warnings seriously. They boarded up their beloved property and evacuated immediately.
The decision ended up saving their lives.
The hurricane caused a massive electrical fire that burned their property to the ground.
Two of the houses were completely destroyed, including the main Victorian home. The family was devastated.
Cidalin Rojas, one of Jesus’ children, told Inside Edition that the tragedy “was the saddest feeling that we ever had.”
“All of these years my parents worked. They built those homes from the bottom up themselves, my uncles, my cousins, and my dad put everything into those homes.”
“They lost everything.”
To make things even harder, the destruction was streamed on Facebook Live.
“Watching our home and not being able to be there and knowing it was burning in front of millions on Facebook, it was heart-wrenching,” Cidalin added.
But Natali Rojas, who lost her house in the fire, saw something of silver lining—nobody was hurt or killed.
“The first thing I thought is we would have died in here if we would have stayed,” she told KRIS. “We left, so we’re alive.”
“I just wish this wouldn’t have happened.”
But in the wake of the devastation, the family unexpectedly found a symbol of hope.
It seemed like all their belongings had been destroyed in the fire. But as Natali was combing through the rubble…
She found out that one thing had survived, completely intact:
A statue of the Virgin Mary.
The family was shocked. The house had fallen apart, how had this one statue made it through?
“The statue was outside on the lawn in the front of the house so when all three stories came down and everything fell, I can’t understand why that wasn’t buried under,” Cidalin told Inside Edition.
The improbable survival of the religious icon lifted the spirits of the devout family, who took it as a sign from God.
“We truly believe that it is our personal sign that we needed,” Cidalin said.
“Some may blame God and some may blame the hurricane but the only thing standing were holy things,” Natali told KRIS.
“Appreciate what you have, listen to the warnings, hug your children and thank God for today and yesterday, and pray for a better tomorrow.”
While emergency responders weren’t able to get to their home in time to save it, Jesus holds nothing against them—on the contrary, he praised their efforts throughout the hurricane:
“I wanna thank the Fire Department of Robstown for courage to show up in the storm while the wind the rain were going and they were still out here trying their best,” Jesus told KRIS. “It was incredible.”
While they have a long road of rebuilding and recovery ahead, the Rojas family, like countless others affected by the storm, will get through by staying together and keeping their heads up.