I woke up unusually early this morning and found several messages about the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that hit northeast Japan. It was almost unbelievable that another natural catastrophe could hit three Pacific Coast nations: Australia, New Zealand, and now Japan, within the first quarter of the New Year. I know the word for the Church is “Shaking”, but I had no idea it would be so much in so little time for the world as well. Needless to say, I felt very depressed. I have friends in Japan and I pray they are alright. I can’t imagine the death toll and damage on such a tiny peninsula. Last I checked, they had found 200-300 bodies in the port of Sendai.
Coincidentally, I meant to blog Lee Grady’s article yesterday but due to unforeseen circumstances, I couldn’t until now. I think it is very timely and applicable as we need to be reminded of the hope we have when it seems like the world is falling apart. I refuse to be a pessimist and will continue to believe God is in control no matter the crisis. Like the countless stories of humanity acting in grace and love in the midst of chaos (ie. Haiti, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, and here at home, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, etc.), I have to believe we will also hear of such heroic acts arising out of Japan. So let’s agree and believe the glass is half-full and in the midst of such tragedy, good will come of it.
Don’t Be a Glass-Half-Empty Christian (click to view)
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” – Hebrews 10:23