When I first heard of the earthquake and subsequent tsunamis that hit Japan, I prayed, but I could hardly watch any footage. It was just too much, too intense. And, I thought, if it is too intense to watch, how must it be to live through it. I just cannot imagine.
I have watched since then. It’s just so hard to fathom — it almost looks like CGI of some cataclysmic movie.
The two missionary families I know there were out of the country when it happened and are checking in as frequently as possible with those they are able to reach there. Besides the destruction, which is massive, now there are problems even in areas further away with lack of water, gasoline, dwindling food supplies at stores, etc., because supplies can’t get through.
A friend on Facebook shared this video today in reference to some personal suffering, but I thought of it in context of the suffering of the people of Japan. When things like this happen, sometimes people get bitter against God, wondering why it happened. I pray that instead, people would turn to Him in their great need.
As a footnote, Joni speaks of not wanting the intellectual reasons for suffering when in the thick of it. I don’t think she means she doesn’t want them ever. I know from her other writings that she has thought through and wrestled with some of those things. Personally I find great assurance in reading over them from time to time. But I do understand what she means that sometimes when suffering you just want the comfort of His presence rather than the reasons why.