Recently, an earthquake has destroyed Port au Prince Haiti. The 7.1 quake tore down homes and buildings and has displaced numerous people. It’s hard for us to imagine the magnitude of the destruction that has taken place. There is no electricity, food, water or medical supplies. People have been buried alive as buildings have collapsed. Thousands are dead and many more have been injured
There has been something in all of this that has caught my attention. I have noticed the benevolent spirit of the people in our nation and of the world. Medical supplies, food, water and necessities have all been taken over there for the victims. They have had a hard time getting them in but I believe that will get better.
Some people have dug deep into their pockets and given to some who they have never met—and probably never will. Though a tragedy has taken place it has pulled people together to work in a combined effort.
In a world that is caught up in themselves and many trying to achieve what’s best for them only, it’s refreshing to see the admonition, "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Mark 12:31) being practiced. When Jesus was asked what is the greatest command He informed his listeners, loving God and the second was loving your neighbor (Matt. 22:34-40). Hopefully you have spent time in prayer for these precious souls, and I hope we will all be willing to give as we have the opportunity. Paul said we are to do good to all men, especially those of the household of faith, Gal. 6:10.
Another thing I believe is important for us to learn in this tragedy is that, being prepared at all times is important. By being prepared, I speak of being prepared to meet God. The people who have died had no thought that something was coming. We do not know when something could happen that would take our life. It could be an accident, an act of God (as an earthquake), or just old age that causes us to leave this world. If we are not ready to meet God it will be so sad. It does not have to be that way. We can learn a great lesson on being prepared at every moment.
Have you made adequate preparation? If not, why not? As bad as death can be, it is truly bad for those who sought this world only. God waits to forgive all men but we must come to Him in obedience. Are you ready?