Friday, March 11, 2011

Magical Moment 400, "Then the Floods Came"

I, like many others, have been watching footage of the devastation in Japan today. The images are heart stopping and frightening, as I’m sure you know. I find myself wondering and worrying about those in the path of destruction, the ones missing, and the ones lost. And then, there have been stories. Stories of sacrifice, help, and rescue. And although those stories are fewer than the ones of ruin, they’re there.

My own neighborhood received a heavy dose of water as well. In fact, our little town was on the local news today because of waist high waters near the grocery store where I shop. I walked around there today. The roads were closed off with barriers and police cars. The overflowed creek waters left muck and slop, hanging a horrible stench in the air when they resided.

I took a few steps back to grasp the full scale of the mess, and noticed numerous puddles scattered across the earth. Like mirrors, they reflected the soft colors of the beautiful, after-storm sky with perfect clarity. And for a moment, I thought it was lovely.

Maybe that’s the key to understanding. To us, close to it, in it, we only see a mess. A horrifying mess. But the Creator, He is above overseeing it all. And He sees what we cannot. He has inserted numerous puddles of beauty. Maybe I cannot see just how many, but I have faith they’re there.

"He's got the whole world in His hands. 
He's got the whole wide world in His hands. 
He's got the whole world in His hands. 
He's got the whole world in His hands."


Leontien said...

I loved that song as a kid, used to sing it for hours at a time. And yes we watched the tragedy unfold aswell. Our prayers are with those who need it the most right now!


Linda said...

A childhood friend of mine lives in Tokyo. She's been on my heart today. Thanks for a touching and encouraging post.

Dawn said...

Hard to remember when reality hits.
Good for you to see the beauty in the not-so-beautiful and sharing it and your words with us.

Hilary said...

Disasters do tend to bring out the best in people. That's the positive. I have one blog friend in Japan and thankfully she and her family are fine.

Paul C said...

A wonderful reflection on faith and trust. Beautiful image of the trees in the puddle.

MaggieGem said...

Beautiful capture of puddle... thoughts and prayers are with those home and abroad that have been impacted by the forces of nature!

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Paul, thank you. It seemed like a good time to reflect on those things.

MaggieGem, thank you and well said. :)