Over the past 4 days, the world has watched in shock as Japan has experienced the worst natural disaster and subsequent devastation in it’s history. The images and video are surreal, often looking more like the work of Hollywood special effects wizards than real life. But it is no movie. It is very real, and as painful and heart-breaking as it is to watch, I can’t even begin to imagine how the Japanese people are handling this destruction and complete life upheaval.
I just saw news announced that a 4-month old baby girl was found in the rubble, safe, unharmed and alive. I have no idea how it happened, but it’s hard to look at that picture and not get emotional.
Less than 5 months ago, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association held a 3-day festival in Japan, bringing the Gospel to over 50,000 Japanese people, resulting in thousands of salvations and tens of thousands more hearing the Gospel for the first time.
As I try to absorb and comprehend the constant stream of pain and loss happening on the other side of the world, Gungor’s song “Beautiful Things” came to my mind, and I couldn’t help but think how fitting those lyrics are to all that has happened and continues to unfold in Japan.
All this earth
Could all that is lost ever be found?
Could a garden come up from this ground at all?
Hope is springing up from this old ground
Out of chaos life is being found in You
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
As I write this post, there continue to be many thousands of people still missing, aftershocks numbering in the hundreds, new tsunami warnings and now the threat of nuclear meltdown. I don’t know why it all happened nor do I know what is going to happen next. But looking at this picture I am reminded that God does bring beautiful things out of the dust and make beautiful things out of us.
Hope, though it is dim, remains hope.
Pray for the people of Japan.