The nations are in chaos, and their kingdoms crumble! God’s voice thunders, and the earth melts! Psalm 46:6
It brakes my heart when I read the news about the 300 plus deaths in Alabama and other states as a result of the tornados. I shake my head while looking at the pictures of the destroyed communities. This is another example of disaster that occurs througout the world. Tsunamis, earthquakes, nuclear disaster, tornadoes. It is just becoming overwhelming. Not to mention unemployment, foreclosures, terrorism, human trafficking, etc. I wonder, are these reminders that the world is simply a chaotic place with no purpose? Or is this simply another transition that us humans must pass through so that another era, or generation can begin? Or is this a reminder of how finite we really are and how we just need to rethink and reconsider our priorities towards a better society? What is the role of God, or whatever you want to call it, in the midst of these destructions? What is our roles?
There are too many questions and not enough answers. While pondering about these questions, I wonder why do some people continue to allow themselves to be distracted by trivial events in other parts of the world, including royal marriages, celebrities without makeup , etc. How segregated can we be? It’s like we live in compartmentalized cubicles where people are concerned about their own affairs, until a gigantic crisis comes in the form of a tornado, earthquake, loss of jobs, or illnesses and wakes us up to the realization that our “cubicles” were just a temporary and superficial state of illusion that blinded us and now we see the reality of life. But the reality of life, no matter how difficult, can unite us even more into a stronger and bigger community, if we choose it. How much more can we take as citizens of earth? Maybe this is why we choose to be distracted, because the reality of the brutality of life is just too great to bare. Then we are probably too self-centered to reach out to each other, and instead keep ourselves in our little, comfortable, selfish lives. Our hearts should be troubled at the sight of the disasters that happens all around us, and be moved to help those in great need.
I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Matthews 25:36