My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan. I can’t even fathom the intensity and power of an 8.9 earthquake, nor the fear and sorrow of the survivor.
I also wonder about people who offer a “reason” for this devastation: from God’s judgment of sins to the effects of climate change. (Okay, those people I just laugh at. And then desire to send them this. The Frizz will sort them out.)
But the passage in Luke 13:1-4 kept coming to my mind, as well as this thought: it’s not that God is not powerful enough to cause or to prevent such disasters. It’s not that he is not sovereign over all things, even earthquakes and tsunamis. The trouble is that I am not God and attempting to divine the purpose of the Divinity is a foolish and vain task.
But I can pray. And I can give. And then I can pray some more.