There is a bumper sticker that reads “Life is fragile, handle with prayer”. Though I’ve never been a big fan of bumper stickers, nor does my car boast any cheesy sayings or words of wisdom, there is still something so profound about the immovable truth that this particular phrase holds…
Japan has once again awakened us to the fragility of life, the power of a day and the uncertainty of these times we are living in. Our hearts have been stretched and continually broken as we watch the Earth around us respond with great power and destruction. The most recent earthquake and subsequent tsunami has killed hundreds, it has ruined entire towns, thousands are missing and the aftereffects and consequence of this natural disaster are still unfolding before our very eyes.
Psalm 90.12 says “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.” (NLT)
I pray that in days of great tragedy such as this, God would teach us to live with awareness. That we would look around us and live life with a sense of urgency and a sense of purpose. It is my hope that in the midst of such devastation and uncertainty, not one day would pass when we don’t turn our eyes heavenward and pray for the lost, for the hurting and for a broken humanity. May we always realize that this life is a gift and may we use it to continue to grow in wisdom and knowledge of who He is and what it is He has called us to do with our time here on earth. God is God, God is good, He still speaks, He still moves and He still performs miracles…and I want my life, my belief and my prayers in moments like these to reflect it.
All of our thoughts are with dear friends Rod and Viv Plummer and Jesus Lifehouse Church in Tokyo and all of our heartfelt prayers are extended towards the people in the nation of Japan.
With so many destructive natural disasters in our region this year, it is easy for our eyes to quickly move from Queensland, to Christchurch and now to Japan. But let’s remember to continue to pray and support the people and leaders in each of these regions, knowing that God is immeasurably able.
Love and prayers,