Japan



My heart breaks.

It actually hurts.

I can actually feel it pumping harder when I think of what is going on there.

There but for the grace of God go I…




How can we not be totally horrified by the catastrophe in Japan? An earthquake measuring 9.0, followed by a Tsunami 30 feet high, causing a nuclear disaster. How easy it is for us to sit in our comfy chair, sipping a latte, and watching the events unfold on TV or the Internet. It is surreal for most us, like watching the latest end of days movie from Hollywood.

But this one is real.

Real people are dying. Real people are hungry. Real people are homeless. Real people are facing possible contamination from radiation.

Why God?

Why does He allow this to happen? Surely no God who loves His children would allow such a horrific event to occur. I can imagine many in Japan right now, doubting His existence, or actually being angry with Him. And I can understand them. Mind you, less than 1% of Japanese are Christian, but regardless of their beliefs, an event like this can surely make one question the cause, the reason for it all.

“I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things.” –Isaiah 45:7

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” –John 3:16

I have been trying to read more of the Bible, to try to get a grasp on events like these. These two passages stand out to me. I believe there are some things we should be reminded of as Christians. For one, we are not going to understand everything that happens in this world. God is our creator, and as the creator, he creates but also sometimes destroys. But his plan for us is always perfect, and goes well beyond this life.

Part of our sin and the affect of living in a fallen world is that the world is slowly decaying. So are we. We are only in this world for a blip of time. This world will one day go away. A calamity like this should serve to remind us how valuable life is, and also how fragile. What we do every day God has granted us matters. Every time we interact with this world, we get a chance to make a difference . We should never waste that opportunity.

As difficult as it is to understand, everything happens for a reason. Is it possible God allows a disaster to occur to teach us something? Is it possible God sees something in our world that breaks his heart? I can tell you that in my personal life, God has used trial and tribulation to teach me, to help me understand what is important, and to understand my role in this world. I feel closer to Him today because of it.

We are taught to be in this world, but not of it. A calamity like this should remind us that the material possessions of this world are not all that important, since they can be taken away in a heartbeat. Even more important than our material possessions, our very earthly life is but a temporary state. One day, we will all stand in front of our creator. What will we have to say for our time on earth? Who among us believes that we have plenty of time to answer that question? How many people in Japan waited? Are you waiting today? Maybe this great disaster will help us understand that surrendering our lives to God is not something to leave for tomorrow.

My hope is that from this great disaster, comes salvation. It is said that the angels in heaven rejoice every time one of us finds salvation. Wouldn’t it be something if the multitude of people watching the news reports realized that there had to be something beyond the struggles of this world? What if we decided that we were going to stop running from God? What if we decided that we were going to stop idolizing material possessions? What if we decided that we were going to stop following men, and start following Jesus?

I will pray for the victims in Japan, as well as for the souls of those that were lost.

But just as important, I will pray for the souls of those of us who survived, and that we are able to understand God’s path for us.

What will you pray for?

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8 thoughts on “Japan

  1. I used that photo of the girl crying because it pretty much sums up how I feel. I see that photo and I think of the song from Third Day “When the Rain comes”…

    “I can’t stop the rain from falling, but I can hold you till it goes away.”

    Every time I see that picture, I just want to reach out and tell her she is not alone. God is still guiding her life, and this too shall pass…

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  2. The Japanese are Shinto. They do not have a concept of “Why do things happen?” like we do. They accept that things happen without a reason. They do not think in terms of a God that would create or even allow suffering. They accept suffering as it is, as part of nature.

    Personally, I don’t understand this idea of a God that allows or creates suffering in order to teach us a lesson. I’d be pretty pissed to learn that God messed me up to teach someone else a lesson on how to be thankful they aren’t me. For that matter, I don’t need to see others suffer to understand how precious life is. If you do then there is something wrong with you.

    Natural disasters are just that and there is no need to anthropomorphize a natural disaster to understand it or to ask “why?”. It is what it is and any God that would create suffering just to teach us how to live is pretty sick.

    PS. Not that this comment will see the light of day, but I had a few minutes to waste so I thought I would share.

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    • mdginzo:

      I am not sure why you thought your comment would not “see the light of day”. I approve comments as long as they do not include vulgar or offensive material. While as a Christian I of course don’t agree, you are welcome to comment as long as your comments abide by that rule.

      I will pray that God is able to pierce your heart and make a change in you.

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  3. I am glad you allowed my post to show. I have seen posts “disappear” on here before that were critical of your belief system. But I admire your courage and I apologize for the snide remark.

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    • mdginzo:

      I have never not approved an comment from this email. Did you comment using a different user name? The only comments I have ever deleted or not approved were a couple that came in with pretty vulgar or offensive language. My blog, my rules….

      If that was you, then just make sure to keep your comments above the belt and we will be ok. This blog was intended to honor God, so even if you don’t believe, you are required to post with that in mind.

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  4. Not from this email. From another one. But I can assure you that my comments will not “honor God”. That is why I was sure they would not “see the light of day”. But, I am also sure that you have the courage to have your faith questions, so that shouldn’t a problem. 🙂

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    • Questioning faith is not an issue, and never has been. Vulgar and offensive language is, and that is why they were not approved.

      Thanks for your comments.

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