I awoke this morning to the breaking news of the massive 8.9 earthquake about 150 kilometers off the coast of Japan. And least we forget – more than 20 aftershocks – one of which was 6+ on the scale have rocked the island nation.
The incredible footage to be seen of the impact of this earth's shift is amazing. The sheer speed and power of the waves crossing the expanse of the pacific ocean at 800 kilometers (500 miles) an hour is incredible.
No doubt you too will have seen the helicopters footage of the isolated surge waves rolling through farmlands carrying with them boats, cars, homes, and debris.
I have been to Japan three times and feel for their situation. As I monitor the news at this moment police have begun to discover hundreds of bodies of those not able to escape the coastal areas in the minuets after the earthquake.
Thankfully, it appears the Hawaiian Islands will miss any sustained damage but rather the water's focusing and defocusing with it's waves will continue there till dawn. But the power and energy is creating odd behavior of the ocean with continued unpredictability.
I called into my dear friends there to check in and all is well. It is something to see the areas there where I used to live spoken off in terms of disaster preparation and impact.
But as I sit here and heal from my accident half a world away from theirs – I can't help but pray a prayer of wonder in God's creation – nature effected by sin, and the power of God to re-create.
God sees all. God knows all. And God cares… He loves both His creation and man – join me in remembering those effected by this catastrophe and it's fall out.
One final check before posting; Guam's Tsunami alert has been cancelled – that's good news for that region of the pacific as some of the anticipated sea level changes as described by the Red Cross earlier were said to be greater than that of some of the islands themselves.
Pray with me for those upon the high seas in the Pacific, and for our Christian family in Japan that they may have wisdom and an abundance of grace to help the people there in the aftermath of their largest quake in over 100 years.
Middle East Correspondent