At about 4 o’clock this morning, I drove my friend, Rob, to the airport. He is headed to YWAM Thailand for a few months. Since I was killing time before a Dr. appointment, I drove to the center of Christchurch. I decided to check and see how close i could get to the city center since it’s still closed down because of the earthquake damage. Even though they keep moving the perimeter in as they repair and re-open stores, the city center is still badly damaged. I stopped and took a quick picture when I saw this sign.
It says a lot about how people see this disaster. There was actually another quake this morning just before I left at about 3am. There are aftershocks all the time. People become stressed because they don’t know the time or the strength they will be. The sky can be blue and the weather totally clear. Earthquakes give no signs they are coming. It’s the strangest thing. The sign says, “Limbo Land.” Some weird, nowhere land. That’s the mental condition too.
I had to get the results of a TB test, so I sat in the waiting room. There were a few older folks there and all they were talking about was the quake from this morning. They had probably been up since it happened. One lady said she didn’t care anymore. She just figured there was nothing she could do and eventually everything would just crumble. When quakes keep happening, what else can we do but realize we are out of control? Powerlessness. That’s the human condition in the end.
“Moreover, no man knows when his hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so men are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them.”
We can’t control the weather, the economy, or the day we die. Why not trust the Lord?