There are always questions of “Why?” when such a natural tragedy hits. I cannot imagine the pain and confusion the families in Japan are feeling. My only tastes of tragedy thus far have been from a distance be it friends dying in accidents, family members from illness, the attack of the Twin Towers in 2001, last year’s flood at Camp Albert Pike…
Tragedy begs the question, “Why?”
Why would God allow such events to happen? Why must so many die? Lose their homes? Be separated from friends and family?
Here are a few possible answers as I was thinking about the earthquake and praying for victims while going about my day:
Sin. Sin has corrupted hearts of man and has corrupted all of creation. Romans 8
Tragedies are a reminder that many things in our lives happen that we have little control over.
Tragedy may happen to open our eyes for the need for repentance in our lives and to put our faith and trust in Christ alone.
Tragedy forces us to realize the fragility of our lives and realize that death could always be waiting for us around the next corner. Our lives are but a mist, a vapor that is here one minute and gone the next. We seemed programmed to think we will live forever but as of yet, all that have gone before us have died. Unless Christ returns, we will die as well.
Also from Romans 8 – it’s a reminder that humans are not the only recipient of the effects of sin.
For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. Rom 8:20-21
It’s a reminder that our world is filled with people who are in need of a redeemer.