Wednesday, May 14, 2008

World tragedies are overwhelming

In the past few days, there has been news of a cyclone in Burma that left tens of thousands dead (and the government is preventing aid to its own people), an earthquake in China that has left probably 15,000 dead, a bombing in India that killed 60, not to mention the regular news of war in Iraq, Iran, the Middle East, Africa, and who knows where else. I'm finding it overwhelming to say the least.

Sometimes I wish we weren't so connected to the news of the world. It just leaves me feeling powerless, helpless, hopeless. There is nothing I can do about these tragedies, and it just adds to my normal level of anxiety. All I can do is focus on myself, my family, my community, my world. It's good to know about the rest of the world, but sometimes -- often -- that knowledge is hard to take.

3 comments:

nachtwache said...

It is overwhelming, that's why we need to look to God.
Have you ever read anything in the New Testament? I imagine not.
In Revelations, it's about the future, what's to come and it talks about disasters, wars and more.

adena said...

I've read a bit of Revelations...do you find it comforting that eventually things will get much worse, but then much better? Just wondering.

nachtwache said...

Oh no, it's not comforting that things will get worse, it's scary, but at the same time I have to remind myself, that ultimately God is in control and the bad times are not forever, that God will have final victory over evil and that He loves us all so much, that He wants us to spend eternity with Him in His kingdom.
I'm not into crazy beliefes that it's the end of the world. People have been saying that over and over for a long time.
We don't know when that time comes. I keep my eyes open for signs that Revelations talks about. The tree will bloom in the dessert, that, is believed, is the establishment of Israel as a nation. The one that will be able to make (false) peace between Israel and her enemies will be the antichrist, false, because some nations will turn on Israel, with the 'beast', that battle will be Armageddon, God will win.
Sounds crazy, I know.
I think this is the first time in human history that a world government is possible and technology is available to 'mark' people, with electronic chips; I expect one day we won't use bank or credit cards, but will have to have chips in-planted to avoid fraud and I.D. theft. It might not even happen in our life time.
But then again, the world has never changed as rapidly as the last 100 years.
It's scary, so I look to God for comfort.