Monday, January 18, 2010
Tears for Haiti....from Amrita
These are some photos I took on my rural visits.
The images and news reports about the Haiti catastrophe are so heart wrenching. Such death and devastation has swept across the poorest nation of the Western Hemisphere.
Tons of aid is being sent for the desperate victims but it is not reaching them they are saying on the news channels. Maybe its taking too long. Its hard to move fast enough in a calamity of such magnitude.
Watching BBC World , I could only whisper '"Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy". I could not even form a proper prayer.
I used to read a blog of a missionary in Haiti. I am worried about her. I have lost her URL , but will search for her web page.
I experienced an earthquake in the Himalayas in 1991. It really shook me up an I was affected by it for days, although the damage in our area was minor compared to what others went through. But I can 't erase the memory of it from my mind - specially the eerie sound of the quake, like a mighty waterfall - and then dead silence and blackout. Doors and cupboards flew open and things fell out even on top of me as I woken from a deep early morning sleep.
I am an aftershock person. I am generally quite calm and collected during a crisis but its full impact hits me after several hours and I end up in a pool of melted wax. PTSD is what I suffer from at times.
One is likely to question God in the midst of disaster. A havoc wreaking God?
I have come to a realization that God 's absolute sovereignty,power and control can be seen in all forms of nature.
In Psalm 139 the writer addresses God;
11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,"12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
(Today 's New International Version Bible)
God 's awesomeness can be seen in both darkness and light.
The special and the mundane
Pain and joy.
I heard this story.
A man went to a monastery and demanded the Abbot to show him God. The Abbot was a very sagacious man. "I will show you God", he answered . He took the visitor to a corner and pointed out a grungy old monk and said,"Here is God".
The man laughed in unbelief and said,"Are you crazy. This is a grungy old man.This is not God".
The wise Abbot replied,"The Bible says that God made man in His own image. However much that image may be distorted you can still see Him
in what He has created. If you can 't see God in a grungy old monk , you will not be able to see God at all.".