Tuesday, March 15, 2011

We all have our own tsunamis....

That situation in Japan is horrific. The earthquake which led to the tsunami which has led to the nuclear horror is too horrible to contemplate. I just noticed the ‘horror’ word I used 3 times.


In every life, though, there is horror. It’s different in every life, and some haven’t experienced it yet, but they will.

It could be a death, a divorce, a job loss, a prison sentence, a dream unfulfilled; or abuse we experienced or someone we loved experienced, or a shame and guilt thing that just keeps living on and on; or a regret that we can’t forgive ourselves for, or a huge argument with someone, or whatever.

I remember the morning after I heard my twin had stage four breast cancer. The TV was on with that Folger’s commercial about ‘the best part of waking up is Folger’s in your cup’. How trivial, I thought. How can my day just go on with Folger’s in my cup? (I never hear that commercial without thinking of that morning.)

Then there was the time I had found out someone whom I respected mightily was living a totally immoral life. I distinctly remember walking around in an H.E.B. store in McAllen on North Tenth, in a complete daze. Totally disillusioned. And people were laughing and talking to each other, and I was just barely putting one foot in front of the other. How could everything be normal? It wasn’t normal!

That last instance may not translate to you as a tsunami, but it did to me.

The point is: what may be a tsunami to you may not be one to me.

But we all have them.

And I’ve had more than just those two... but nothing like other folks have had.

Life is hard.

It can be so terrible.

But there ARE birds singing this morning.
And the sun DID come up.

And God DOES give us grace for the moment.

And every moment doesn’t have to be perky to be good.

One of my most favorite Bible Passages so fits here ....
Psalm 46:1-7
1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7 The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Later in this chapter it tells us (verse 10) to "Be Still and know that I am God."
What a comfort that is.

And even though we may not know exactly how to, let's pray for Japan.


Being Beth said...

This is the BEST post on the tragedy in Japan I've read, especially the way you brought it home to our own lives.

Thank you.

I'm going to link to this post today on my blog. I've wanted to write something about Japan, but couldn't find any words for it. I'm glad God gave you the words.

Nancy said...

Whoa. Thanks, Beth.

(I thought it might be trivial, in light of that devastation over there.)

Myra J said...

I agree...we do all have our own tsunamis'....and we usually have more than one. They can range from low damage to high but with faith we come through and survive. Thanks Nancy...good post.

Diana said...

This was excellent, Nancy - very deep...very insightful. Thank you.

Steve said...

Nancy your thoughts and scripture references are most timely. Thank you for sharing.

arg said...

Lovely, and refreshing, and eloquent, as always.


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