Eyjafjallajokul and you…

Have you ever heard of Eyjafjallajokul before? Had you heard of it’s flames before three weeks ago?

Would you have thought that this

would turn into this?

Or thought that this (note the small white thing in the picture-that isn’t a bird, it’s a small plane)

would stop flights all over Europe for more than five days and cost the industry over 2 billion dollars? This is estimated to have hurt the struggling airline industry more than the effects of 9/11.  Speaking of which, just because America hasn’t experienced much more than Katrina or Hollywood’s ‘2012’ doesn’t mean the rest of our planet hasn’t been suffering.

Katrina only killed 1,836, but it caused $100 billion in losses, making it a “worst disaster” than almost all others of the decade. How many of us can even recall the tsunami that hit Sumatra or even remember what country that is in? 

Does 230,000 mean anything to you besides the fake dollar amount your farmtown crops have allowed you to reap? How about 146,000? Could it be the number of deaths caused by the cyclone that hit Thailand two years ago? If you guys are anything like me, we tend to compartmentalize world events into whether or not they affect us. While this is a selfish approach, it is only natural. The earthquake in Haiti seems to hit closer to home for most of us than the disasters in Thailand or India, but why? Is it strictly geographical? Have you ever been to Haiti before? Probably not.

We seem to have a habit for rationalizing away these “little” disasters. We tell ourselves that it didn’t affect us, so why should we live differently? In a Time magazine article entitled “Why Disasters Are Getting Worse,” the author states the reason is not because the number of floods and storms have gone up over 8.4% in the last decade. She says that the main reason they are getting worse is because the population of big cities near the water is growing exponentially.

While she has a point, a report on BBC News stated that the number of weather-related disasters has quadrupled in the last twenty years! About 500 of such disasters currently take place each year, compared to about 120 in the 1980s.

Jesus told his disciples that “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.” <—-Mathew 24:7-8

Immediately after the distress of those days…the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth…will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with a power and great glory.” Mathew 24:29-30

All I know is that it’s obvious things are getting worse, for whatever the reason. It seems like the bible predicted this sort of thing thousands of years ago, but you decide for yourself.  I mentioned the following in a previous post: Even if we all ended up being completely wrong and Christianity was a complete fairytale, I still say its better to live this short life with hope. Its still better to live this life with excitement and anticipation for a better, eternal future.

Call me crazy. Tell me the cancer did me in. But look around. Do things seem to be getting any better where you live?

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2 Responses to “Eyjafjallajokul and you…”

  1. I have been to Haiti…. Insane trip. 3 days after the quake. I think it only really hit home because I visited it. It has been like 4-5 months since that happened and the public has tossed it to the back burner. disappointing.

    • Dude, you hit it on the head. I saw all your haiti pics through Levi… Look up Tawnya Constantino and CNN. She goes to my church and was there. Because of them, they got about 80 orphans out… thanks for such a good comment…

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