Help Is In Sight

On Friday, March 11, 2011, a 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck northeast Japan.  There was great devastation over large areas from the water forced ashore as the earth’s plates under the ocean shifted.  For most areas there was no help in sight.  One news source reported a small coastal village had survived but was totally cut off as all connecting roads were destroyed or covered by mountains of debris.  The village drinking water and food were almost gone.  They had run out of gas needed for the police and rescue workers’ vehicles.

Yet, off the coast they could see the aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Regan, and two or three carrier escort and support ships.  My husband served on three of our aircraft carriers during his Navy career.  They are like floating cities, complete with everything from a hospital to a jail.  The aircraft carriers have the ability to convert sea water to drinkable water.  The villagers and rescue workers could not understand why no one from the ships had come ashore to assist them.  The sad news was that at the time they had not received permission from the Japanese government to go ashore and provide the life-giving supplies held on the ships.

Help is in sight!

Help is in sight!

When I heard this story it reminded me of how we often treat the offer of God’s love for us and the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross.  Those who do not know Christ as Savior drive by churches and never come in to seek the treasures held there.  They do not give permission for Jesus to change their lives.  And as Christians, we often hold the treasure of  eternal life inside those church building walls, never seeking to reach out to family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, or those we interact with daily or weekly.

How about you?  Have you given Jesus permission to provide all He has to offer?  When was the last time you shared what God has done for you?  Are you excited about it?  How long has it been since you cried out for those in your life that need the help?




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