Monday, March 14, 2011

Is there a God? Really?

How does a tanker ship now parked alongside cars, homes and tangled ruins get moved?

How do huge cargo containers look as if they were dropped on the floor like Legos?

How are nuclear plants to be calmed—cooled—restored—made safe?

How does a mother stand behind her child while being checked for radiation?

How does sea water 6 miles inland—ever recede?

I make myself watch the videos . . . linger on the stilled images of devastation that is present, active, moving, dire, immediate, needy, and desperate for all who are right now experiencing the reality of this disaster. 
I read the statistics, the updated reports, the personal testimonies.

As I sit in our warm home, sun shining through the window, with computer hooked up to electricity and I look—I know that the father and son I see staring at the wreckage are no longer standing in that place.  For me, they are frozen—stilled, and yet . . .
Where are they this moment? 
Are they warm? 
Are they in their home? 
Someone else’s? 
Do they have food? 
Are they safe? 
Are they okay? 
Will they ever be okay again?

Those we know personally, living in Japan, we know to be safe. What of those hearts today breaking over their own known ones not known to be safe?  
What about the many, faceless, nameless ones that represent 
the numbing numbers on the dead-count?  
What about those who have survived these four days cold, hungry, 
thirsty, shocked and wondering where is the help? 
Where is their saving? 
Where is their savior?

These are the unanswerable questions that cause many 
to question the existence of God?

How does such depth of destruction equate in our hearts and minds that, yesthere is a God and, yesHe is only, always good.

He said there would be pains.  (Matthew 24)
He will be true to His words. 
He will fulfill all that has been promised.

For me—I look at these pictures, I see the devastation, I view the movement of water climbing 30 feet tall, going speeds of up to 500mph and I offer my own question . . .

How can there be ANY doubt 
that there IS a God?

His ways are not my own, so they will not always make sense to my senses.  He who defined good—IS, but His goodness is for His glory, not necessarily mankind's.

“Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: ‘To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!’"  Revelation 5:13

And so we pray . . . there is nothing more powerful than a praying believer of Jesus Christ.  

Our prayers met with Jesus’ power for God’s glory! 

For the people of Japan
we love, we give and we most fervently pray!

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