“Amid the silent corpses, a baby cried out—and Japan met its tiniest miracle.” What an encouraging headline in the midst of heartbreak and destruction. When we, as Christians, see this, we can only praise God for His wonderful providence. But the question must be asked, where was God in the midst of the earthquakes, tsunami, and nuclear fallout in Japan?
It is easy to think this question through, as I have so many times, from the comfort of my own room. And yes, I do believe I have a general answer for this, that God can be found in the midst of chaos, and that He can be glorified by lives that are saved. We understand that God does not create evil, but that He can use it for His glory. We believe that God is in control. But what about the people who lay dying beneath the rubble? What do they believe?
I was very convicted over the events that occurred in Japan. I know that I am in no way responsible for it, but we all have been called by God to witness to those who are lost. So whether it is to the people in Japan, or whether it is to our next door neighbor (who we probably don’t even know), we all have a responsibility to reach out with the love of Christ. Ultimately, every individual will face the judgment of Christ, bearing their own responsibility as to whether they placed their faith in Christ. But far be it for us to sit idly by when we have the true source of healing living inside of us. That is the heart of Christ, and it should be our heart in counseling.