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Some reflections after the earthquake in Japan

2 Corinthians 4:17-18
For our momentary lightness of affliction works out for us, more and more surpassingly, an eternal weight of glory, Because we do not regard the things which are seen but the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

While many great earthquakes have occurred lately throughout the earth, the one in Japan seemed striking the world the most; what sabotaged Japan could sabotage any other country. After this natural disaster, I had 2 thoughts.

The first thought was that the created human race needs to be humble before the Creator God. It is ironic while human beings thought they have conquered the nature with their powers of science and technology, Japan, the leading country in many fields of technology, appeared so powerless and helpless before the power of the nature, and the Japanese appeared so small and weak before this catastrophic event. It is a good time to wonder: Have the advancements in science and technology blind us from their limitations? Have the rapid accumulations of knowledge make us forget how little we know compared to what we don’t know? The truth is that the pride derived from our past scientific advancements, though seemingly great, has blind us and cause us not to submit to our Creator. This calamity should be a merciful reminder and a humbling experience to the humanity.

My second thought is that we need to think fundamentally even before calamity or death hit us. Too many minds are occupied with the things which are seen, not the things which are not seen, regarding the things which are temporary, not the things which are eternal. We pursue worldly pleasure or sinful indulgence, not divine enjoyment or godly living, being obsessed with earthly career, wealth, or status, not heavenly joy, peace, or love. Too many times we are so protective of our opinions, preferences, or self, yet there are plenty of things that are critically important: how about the earthly ones, such as family, friendship, and dream? How about the heavenly ones, such as God’s purpose, the Lord’s interests, the furtherance of the gospel, or the building up of the body? What a pity! Why does it have to be in those painful moments and great sufferings that people look up something beyond their own concerns. Let’s all find out and start to care for what really matters, even during the peaceful and painless days.

We need to humble ourselves before the Lord, and consider these disasters as merciful reminders, and sufferings as opportunities to turn to our spirits and look up things beyond ourselves. May the Lord abound His mercy and grace upon us.

My Lord Jesus.
Continue to have mercy over the human race.
Keep us open and humble before You.
Soften the hardened hearts.
Restore the minds and spirits.
Heal the sick, strengthen the week,
Claim Your lordship over this earth.
For You are the Lord of heaven and earth!

I pray that Your body be built up, Your bride prepared.
While praying for Your grace and mercy
over these lands and people,
I also pray for Your return and Your Kingdom.
Oh! Reveal that glorious day of Yours,
according to Your will and timing.
To You be the glory, honor, might, and wisdom
Forever and ever. Amen.


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