I just felt compelled to write a few words about the terrible, double natural disaster which struck Japan this past week.
At times I couldn’t pull myself away from the different news channels. I was hypnotized, watching the story unfold with scenes of the earth violently shaking, followed by a humungous, unstoppable wave, or wall of water overflowing harbors, pouring into streets and roaming farmland. I stand in shock at the sheer force of the ocean water coming up onto the land. This concept is very scary to me. I’ve played in rough surf in the ocean, and watched enormous waves crash on the shoreline of southern Lake Michigan during a thunderstorm, but I can’t fathom this kind of wave. Like so many other people, I stared at the TV screen and prayed.
I do try to look for God's blessings in midst of trials or a disaster…they are there. While there are the heartbreaking stories of lost loved ones, there are also the miracle stories of loved ones found. There are awesome stories of the ones who lived through it, and the touching tales of ones who were saved by a stranger.
We don't always know why these things happen and maybe it's not for us to know.
I do love the way the world comes together to help a nation in need. Even so-called enemies will lend a hand during a call for help in a natural disaster. I just don’t understand why we must wait for a disaster to join hands. It should be this way all the time, don’t you think? I would love to hear from you...your thoughts, your prayers, your comments.I leave you until next time with a picture of an iridescent cloud. I took this picture from my back deck as the sun rays struck the high cirrus clouds in such a way to create this beautiful prism of light in the sky..."a diffraction phenomenon" says Wikipedia. It was there for me to witness and now I share it with you. I think of it as a sign of hope for us all.
|An iridescent cloud over Indiana|
Photo by Loree Huebner
Between you, me and the gatepost,