The earthquake has happened to my cousins in Japan. The victims of this earthquake are my cousins and yours too since we are all connected by blood. The earthquake has happened and our Father in heaven continues to do what He does. God continues to love. He continues to reach out to us His creatures, inviting us to live ready like I wrote a few days before the Tsunami, to build Tsunami-resistant structures. He knows that until He takes over this planet, earthquakes and tsunamis will continue to occur and will shatter those tangible things we trust in, leaving intact and untouched those intangibles and unseen realities that we do not trust, which God is asking us to wake up to.
Osuga, a Japanese woman who managed to survive with her family said, “I have come to realize what is important in life” and I think that, in addition to the 60-year old man found floating off the coast of Fukushima, is good news. The Creator in his mercy wants us to live ready and not have to wait until a disaster to realize that our lives require deeper meaning than the material and ephemeral. Life as we know it happens in the context of death and death demands depth, it demands meaning. Permanence does not belong to what we see around us. Even though I wrote in “Please trust me” 3 posts ago that God’s word formed the earth and everything our civilization is built on, the same word also tells us that the things we rely on can be swept away and that is why He says pleadingly, “Please trust me.” Heaven and earth may pass away but the only thing that is immutable is God’s word. He keeps saying “trust me,” whether you are a banker or a priest. If you live on planet earth, the Creator and Owner of the planet keeps saying, “Please trust me, all I want is that you may have life and have it more abundantly. I am the meaning you need, I am the meaning you seek. You need to trust me.”
The fragility and the complexity of our planet demand a higher level of existence than mental or physical. Science is supposed to be reliable but even our scientists agree that earthquakes are too complex to be accurately predicted. Natural phenomena like weather and earthquakes are too complex to be easily predictable at any level of being below the spiritual, which, in our arrogance we relegate to insignificance. The amazing thing about God is that He is not saying “I told you so,” even though He is ever reaching out to everyone of us as we systematically ignore him. The amazing thing about the Creator is that He continues to reach out to each individual in the hope that one more person this instant will acknowledge Him and flee for refuge, to higher ground. As I reflect on this, I realize that it must take discipline of divine proportions for the Almighty, the God who is Love, to submit to His own laws, to His own word, and not step in when we are most in need of help. He obeys His word and He expects us to follow suit. According to His word, He who is Love and Almighty will not intervene in individual or collective affairs before the appointed time unless He is invited.
I have the tendency to shift conversations from what seems to matter to what really matters. In my view, Osuga’s words should be our daily reality whether we were affected by the Tsunami or not. Indirectly, we are all affected because we are cousins and we need to do everything we can to help, including tangibles like money and intangibles like prayer. In any case, we all live on a fault line and our science cannot tell us when the earth will quake. Live ready!
Thank you for reading this reflectively and please read the two posts linked above, as I truly think this post is related to them and other posts like “A place of refuge.” I wrote this from the heart, at the instigation of Lara Daniels, who is a regular reader of this blog. I am honored that she would ask for my thoughts on the matter.