This morning when I woke up hearing of an earthquake off the coast of Japan which caused a tsunami. One of those times that God did not keep the water restrained. My first concern was a friend in Guam. Then as I watched the videos on television, I sat in awe of the devastation. The pictures from a plane of this 30 foot wave that wasn't dying down like most waves do before they reach the shore. The wave hits the shore, and moves everything in its path like twigs in a river. I saw one scene of a tractor trailer just picked up and floating around like it was an inner tube. Dozens of cars and houses just picked up by the water and moved across the farmland like lava. I watched in silence for a long while. The fear that those people must be experiencing!
Yet the Lord brought me back to Who He is. He is the Almighty God. He reminded me of His mercy, of His holiness, of His love, of His wrath, of His protection. Psalm 46 began running through my mind:
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. (46:1-3, 10 NASB)
Who knows why God allowed this earthquake, tsunami, and devastation . . . but honestly we all deserve to die. It is His mercy that He extends to those of us unaffected. I hope that we are all reminded of God, His power, His Lordship, His holiness, and most of all His mercy.