Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Mama On: Disaster And Faith
"Sometimes you just have to pray."
The news has played the disaster over and over, and it is beyond anything any of us can imagine. People are wondering how and why God would let anything happen like the earthquake and tsunami that swept Japan. There have even been the terrifying recordings of the earth rumbling before the horrific events, and it is awesomely frightening -- a reminder of how small and insignificant we are in God's Grand Scheme.
The amazing thing, after the earth stopped moving and the water receeded, has been the grace and efficiency the Japanese people have shown in their recovery efforts. There has been a request for international support and the nuclear implications are more than scary, but the survivors are carrying on. The weather is cold and thousands have been found dead, but there is something else. Something that is incredibly atypical of events like this.
We are not hearing about looting, fighting for food and water, price gouging, or other social abuses.
We are hearing requests for prayer for the people and the nation. We are hearing about the daily prayer and the groups who come together to pray. We are hearing more and more about the school children who gather to offer prayer for the souls of those lost to the disaster. We are even hearing that members of the rescue groups are wearing traditional prayers in and on their uniforms as they face the rescue attempts.
Somehow, I don't think that this is an acident or coincidental. I think that this might be called faith, and the true Mamaknologist understands and appreciates the biblical definition of faith: Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
The true Mamaknologist understands that faith is not faith until it is all you have. Moreover, the true Mamaknologist understands that the only way to go forward after disaster is with the assurance and confidence that God hears and answers our prayers. This is one of those times when we all just need to pray. My prayers are with the people of Japan for recovery, for health, and for the determination to continue to hold fast to their prayers and their faith.