Last night I sat before my T.V. watching the beginning of the horrendous drama which has taken hold of Japan. I felt the tears well up within me as I heard first the statistic, 8.9 earthquake. That alone sent shivers through my spine, knowing how much greater that earthquake was than our last large California quake in Northridge. The California quake had measured 6.7 and killed 57 people, injuring 8,700. I became saddened for the beautiful country of Japan. Then, before mind feeble mind could begin to grasp it, I watched the tsunami waves begin to roll over the countryside. They pulled in cars and houses and enveloped farmlands.
Before going to bed last night I saw people on the top level of an airport taking in the destruction surrounding them. This morning that airport was almost completely covered. The enormity of this tragedy grabs at my heart as I'm sure it does yours. I have friends who are from Japan, some who've temporarily lived in Japan, and others who have their own set of friends in the same country. All wonder at the safety of their loved ones.
As we sit here, unable to help in a physical way, we feel the limits of our human abilties. I hunted through the scriptures for verses of encouragment and came across these words found in a book of the Bible which addresses much sadness faced during that time.
"I called on your name, LORD,
from the depths of the pit.
You heard my plea: 'Do not close your ears
to my cry for relief.'
You came near when I called you,
and you said, 'Do not fear.' " Lamentations 3:55-57
Let's offer our prayers to God for this country and these people. The God of compassion who never leaves us can bring a strength to them and an encouragement which defies logic. He never promised us a life without tragedy or difficulty. He does promise to be there with us through it all. Jesus revealed this truth to His disciples thousands of years ago when he said, "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33b)
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If you know other verses of encouragement you wish to share please leave comments below.