[Written in October 2013, returning from a short trip to Iceland]
In 1729, the lava masses from the nearby volcano Krafla had already destroyed all the houses in the village Reykjahlid, in the Northeastern part of Iceland. People took refuge in the church, and together with their pastor, prayed day and night that the lava flow would not reach them. And God heard them: the lava just stopped outside the surrounding wall of the church. A clear sign of divine intervention.
But let’s play devil’s advocate for a second: why do we know it has been divine intervention? Maybe there was an obstacle or a crevice that hindered the lava to follow the path straight to the village’s last building?