It was the day after the wildfires drove towards the borders of Dollywood theme park, on the outskirts of Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Isaac McCord was amongst a group of workers picking-up debris, when he found a remarkable fragment that survived the firestorm. It was a burnt page from the Old Testament of the Holy Bible, lying in a muddy puddle of water.

Isaac called over fellow workers and carefully took the fragile page from the puddle and sat on a bench, to study the surviving text. At the time, they didn’t know what book of the Bible the text was from, but it turned out to be Joel 1:19-20.

It read, "O Lord to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field. The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness."

After reading the passage, Isaac and his fellow worker looked at each other, and then broke into tears.

This experience has affected McCord and caused him to reflect on his relationship with God. He wasn’t a regular church attendee or Bible reader, but now he is struck on how God may be working in such a tragedy.

This story has been confirmed by other workers who were on the scene and Isaac McCord says that he is sure that people may doubt his story. His only hope in sharing this small light in a sea of darkness is that he feels that, “faith and hope is very powerful in a situation like this. There are hundreds of people that are displaced and that have lost their homes. Most of these people will cling to faith.”