This morning as I was watching the news I became very irritated…both with the news agency and with myself for not noticing earlier.
For the past few days the thoughts and prayers of many people in the world have been with the people of Japan. The stories and images are heart wrenching. I sit in my comfy home as I watch the homes of other people get swept away like toothpicks. I see the faces of people who have had their lives washed away and I feel helpless. I see the utter devastation and I am in awe. The power of the earthquake and tsunami is absolutely incredible.
This is not what irritated me this morning, though. Even though I don’t like what is going on over in Japan I am growing more and more irritated with how some media outlets are reporting this (i.e. Fox News). As I was watching Fox News this morning it dawned on me that I hadn’t heard Fox News say much about what was going on over in Japan. Rather…the focus was on the United States: Are our nuclear reactors safe? How would we fare in an earthquake and tsunami? Will this bring gas prices down for a while since Japan won’t be demanding much gas for a while? Etc, etc, etc…
Really? Are we really that self absorbed?
Maybe those questions are important but let’s keep some perspective. I don’t like seeing those images from Japan but I need to see them. I need to see them so I won’t forget. When was the last time you thought about Haiti? We don’t see or hear much about Haiti anymore and therefore it is easy to think that everything is going well. Then a news story appears talking about Haiti and I am quickly reminded that life is not back to normal (as if I thought it would be). But you know the old saying, “Out of sight, out of mind”.
But as for the current crisis, I really don’t care right now what the status is of our nuclear program. I really don’t care how we would hold up in an earthquake. (and believe it or not) I really don’t care what this crisis will do to gas prices. What I care about is the people in Japan and what we can do to help.
I may be only one person but I can still do something. I can pray, I can text some money to a relief organization, I can give to a special offering in worship and…I can remember.
Let’s not focus solely on “what-if” scenarios and self-centered interests but rather let’s keep our attention on our brothers and sisters in Japan. Let’s not forget and grow complacent. Remember…after hurricane Katrina Japan was one of the first nations to come to our aid.
God, may your glory be revealed through all those who are helping in various ways in Japan. Bless their efforts, O God. We know that you are not distance but right there in the midst of this crisis. Knowing that you are with us gives strength and encouragement as we face an incredible worldly force. May your name forever be praised. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.