"...and I will dwell in the House of the LORD forever!"

Monday, March 21, 2011

Listening for Life

With heavy hearts and saddened spirits, we've all seen the horrific images from Japan. The piles of rubble give us a sense of Japan's broken lives and desperation for brighter days. As the death count continues to raise, our fear of this tragedy occuring on American soil quickly increases.

Even though Japan is full of heart break, a little "miracle" shined through the gloom. In Ishinokami City, a small northeastern town of Japan, at least 2,000 bodies washed up on the shore. As the Japanese Defense Force continued to go from door to door pulling bodies from demolished homes, they heard the sound of a baby's cry, but they passed it off as a mistake of exhaustion. For hours, they had been hearing the sounds of crunching ruins and sloshing mud. The chances of a baby crying out for help were slim to none! Then they heard it again. The crew quickly made its ways over to the pile of debris and carefully removed all the wood, slate, shattered glass, and there she was--a four-month old baby girl in a pink woolen bear suit. As the baby was re united with her joyous father, a Japanese Civil Defense official said, "Her discovery has put a new energy into the search. We will listen, look, and dig with even more diligence after this."

Through the chaos and disasters of our own lives, Jesus' voice will always cry from the wood work. With a soft, yet vibrant sound, He will say, "Come Unto Me!" Like these Japanese officials, let's diligently look and dig for the Savior. In our world full of darkness that leads to death, if we listen for the "Anointed One", He will lead us to life!