And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth nations will be in distress, anxious over the roaring of the sea and the surging waves. People will be fainting from fear and from the expectation of what is coming on the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
(Luke 21:25-26 NET)
When you read the headlines these days, one gets the sense that lots of people are beginning to be so afraid. They are wondering what is happening to the planet earth. If one takes these things to heart, indeed there is a reason to fear. However, these disasters should not come as a surprise. The text that is quoted above was written thousands of years ago. Although the earth quakes and Tsunamis are scary and terrible, they do not come as a surprise. We have been warned about them.
So what do we do? Well we continue to walk in the love of God, be attentive to the direction of God, be rest assured that God knows us and knows where we are, be ready to help those affected by the disasters and share the good news with as many people as possible.
What is the good news? That although there is disaster on the earth, life does not end on earth. There is a new life that can be initiated on earth but continues even after physical death. The good news is that we can have peace in the face of all these disasters because we are sure that we have been reconciled with God.
Let us keep praying for more opportunities and avenues to share the love of God with the people arounds. And the grace to take these opportunities and use them.