How Great Thou Art!

by Maria Leodora, Indonesia

O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder, consider all the world Thy hands have made
I see the stars; I hear the rolling thunder, Thy pow’r throughout the universe displayed
Then sings my soul, my Savior, God to Thee: “How great Thou art, How great Thou art!”
~Stuart K. Hine (Swedish folksong)

It has been more than a week since the gigantic earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. The whole world watched in horror as the tsunami swept away houses, buildings, cars, and lives in mere minutes. We saw how helpless humans can be in the face of nature. Unfortunately, it did not stop there. The earthquake triggered a race to prevent a nuclear meltdown, and to contain radioactive contamination.

I was in Tokyo when the earthquake and tsunami happened. I was enjoying my time in Tokyo Disneyland then. It was my first visit to Japan and no doubt it was an unforgettable visit. Earthquakes are not uncommon where I live in Jakarta, but they are nothing compared to the magnitude of the one that happened in Japan. I cannot forget how much the earth shook that afternoon. It kept shaking for minutes at length, then stopped, and then shook again. Some people were screaming, but most of us were too dumbstruck for words. We knew that Tokyo Disneyland is located close to the shore, and the possibility of the tsunami attack was very real. I couldn’t stop praying. For our own safety, we weren’t allowed to go out of the theme park, and the people queuing outside the park weren’t allowed in. We could only wait and sit on the open ground for hours.

The wait seemed like an eternity. Thankfully, after more than 5 hours, we were allowed out. While we were waiting inside the park, we heard that the tsunami had hit another area in Japan, but we didn’t know where not its magnitude until we went out and watched the news. I was stunned when I saw the video footage of how the tsunami cleanly swept away everything in its path. With tears running down my cheeks, I could only whisper: “God, You are the Lord of the Universe, You rule over this world. How great You are, Lord! Please protect the people and let this stop.”

From what I’ve seen, Japanese people are amazing. They are resilient and hopeful, even in times like these. They were obviously fraught with worry and fear, yet they managed to stay strong. To me, that is simply amazing.

Kudos to Japan, but an even bigger kudos to God, our Hero. He is indescribably amazing! For now, this may seem like a disaster, but hold on a little longer, and we’ll see God’s glory and greatness shining through. Let us trust that He has everything under control, and that He has His own plan. Let us continue in prayer for Japan. May this episode allow Japan to encounter and experience the hand of God mightily.

Psalm 34:18, “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.”

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