Woke up this morning to news of the awful destruction in Japan. It’s a bit surreal to go to bed with the major world headlines being the turmoil in the Middle East, and wake up having read news reports across many sites and not seen a single thing about that conflict today in the top headlines. When natural disasters of this magnitude strike, there’s really little to meaningful to say, I guess I just retreat to my own little world on the farm, thinking about how we face “disaster”.
Unlike Japan, we’re thousands of miles from an ocean, Tsunami risk is non-existant. But there’s always some natural disaster lucking on the horizon. Violent storms, bringing massive rain, extreme wind, tornado’s – the most damaging of all. When the crops are growing, esp. when they look the very best about mid summer, there’s the risk of hail. I remember many, many years ago, a normal summer day turned into a nightmare where our entire crop for the season was destroyed by a chance hail storm.
Nothing like that compares to the many lives that have been lost in the Japan Tsunami though. I have not lost any close friends or family to a natural disaster (although I did have an uncle that was inside a hog building that was ripped to shreds by a tornado). But whatever the loss from this event, I can do just about the only thing any of us can at this moment, and that is to utter a prayer. Prayer for safety, prayer for healing, and prayer to trust, even in the greatest uncertainty, in the One who can heal and restore all things.