And God is always with us ...
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On the Road to ForeverMarch 13, 2011 | 1,943 views | 1 comment
I would guess that on Friday evening last nearly everyone was once again
counting their blessings and praying for earthquake-ravaged Japan.
The feared tsunami theory is now reality and it has many people sitting up
straight in their cushy office chair taking notice. The Pacific West Coast
naysayers stood in awe as they watched their pleasure cabin cruisers and
yachts get tossed about like toys in several harbors as the wave reached the United States. No, it wasn't a big wave, but more a swell of ocean water by the
time it traveled 5,000 miles. Nevertheless, it was destructive as had been predicted
and promised by scientists.
Japanese officials are equally surprised at the size of the tsunami as it entered their shores. The wave, about 35-feet high at the beach encroachment, traveled inland over 6 miles and destroyed everything in its wake. It is thought that some of this land had actually dropped in elevation and may never be dry again. More than 100,000 people have lost everything they ever possessed.
Homes, businesses, farmlands, vehicles, animals and the lives of who-knows-how-many people have been lost forever.
Like a thief in the night and worse than an invading enemy, an earthquake
has robbed and pillaged the northern sector of the island of Japan. What was
once a productive region of commerce now lays waste. This is nothing new
under the sun. We know fierce earthquakes and floods and tsunamis and
tornadoes and whatever more evil destructive things you can think of, have
existed since the birth of our planet and there's nothing we can do about
it. I'm sorry we keep multiplying and getting in the way. As usual the world
will join hands in love and concern with whatever is needed to help the
people of Japan recover from this devastating event in history. Do you now
believe in the reality that tomorrow you too could lose it all?
ēSoon after Ralph died, his lawyer stood before the family and read Ralph's
Last Will and Testament. "To my dear wife Mary, I leave the house, 50 acres
of land and $1 million. To my son Michael, I leave my big Lexus and
the Jaguar. To my daughter Suzy, I leave my yacht and $250,000. To my
brother-in-law Jeff, who always insisted that health is more important than
wealth, I leave my sunlamp."
ēA Sunday school teacher asked the class to draw a picture illustrating a
Bible story. Little Johnny drew a picture of a big car. An old man was
driving, whiskers flying in the breeze. A man and a woman were sitting in
the back seat of the car. Puzzled, the teacher asked Johnny to explain what
Bible story he had in mind as he drew his picture. "That's God in his car.
He's driving Adam and Eve out of the garden."
ē[Ecclesiastes 5: 8 - 6: 12] Yes, even the first couple lost everything once.
It was due to their disobedience true enough, but all was lost. If everyone
in the world suddenly became righteous in God's sight, would all the bad
things of this world go away? I doubt it very much. Life is what it is,
unpredictable. So, is it wrong to have gain and enjoy it? Not at all! Just
don't hold on to your stuff to tightly. The teacher reminds us, (v.15)
"Naked a man comes from his mother's womb, and as he comes, so he departs."
Job witnessed the same thing (Job 1:20-21) and added, "...The Lord gave and
the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised." (v.22) In all
this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing. Where was God during
the earthquake? The same place he was when his own son died. God is always
with us, no matter the trial. TOM
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