I got a text from one of my co-workers asking if she could work from home because of the snow/ice storm we got overnight. Then she asked me if I had heard about the 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan and triggered a tsunami which could possibly hit Hawaii. CNN created a timeline of events. I had just gotten up and was standing in my bathroom having an internal whiny session because school wasn't cancelled and I had to get the kids to the other side of town. While our snow and ice makes things a mess and causes accidents and delays things, it is nothing compared to what had already taken place on the other side of the world. When the kids got up, I told them about what had happened. My daughter was so excited to share that she knew what a tsunami was. While I would have said it's a big wave, she explained that it is an earthquake, shift or something falling below the sea to its floor that causes the wave.
In the car, more reports of the devastation poured in on each of the different radio stations I switched to throughout our drive. I asked the kids to say a prayer for those affected by these disasters. They didn't quite understand why prayers would be needed until I explained what happened when the earthquake hit and that many were dead, missing and lots of things were disrupted because of what it left in it's path. Aftershocks are still rocking Japan. People in Japan were reporting that you cannot figure out when one ends and another begins.
As I am typing this now, reports of the tsunami reaching Crescent City, Santa Cruz, CA and other areas in Northern CA are appearing on the internet. I have two friends I was in the military with who are in Hawaii now. One who is a native Hawaiian and was my LPO (Leading Petty Officer) and the other who is stationed there currently with the Army (we were in Navy boot camp together). I haven't yet heard from my former LPO, but my Army friend said she is safe and has not been affected by anything other than rain at this point (it's the rainy season in Hawaii right now). I have a cousin who lives in Santa Cruz, too. It's a strange day indeed.
I was pondering how everyone at work has been so loving and helpful and really working as a team and praising one another today. It makes me feel good to have such care shared amongst the teams as we work toward a common goal. Then, I read this blog post talking about how the world is coming together at such a time of need. Even in areas affected by the tsunami, I troops were gearing up to provide support and aid. The affects of this earthquake and subsequent tsunami are being felt around the world.
When the last big tsunami happened, it was Christmastime here. Our pastor addressed what was on people's hearts and minds: "If there is a God, why did he do this or why didn't he stop this from happening?" The answer is not an easy one, and until any one of us is standing before Him we won't really know. God didn't MAKE these things happen, but He is in control still. Sometimes, He allows things in the world because of the lessons that come with it. The impacts that are made on our intertwined lives. If it weren't for the fall in the Garden of Eden and sin entering our world, this would not be happening today. Our free will and choices have led us to where we are today. Who is to say if this is just the natural path of the earth or one it is one because of the impact we have made to it with our growth, industrialization, pollution, etc. All I know is that it is in times like these that we need to turn to our Father in prayer for those affected and know that the outcome is within His control and He does have a plan.
If you are interested in helping the victims of the disaster, here are some ideas for helping those in need or just Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to Japan's earthquake/tsunami relief.