It feels almost absurd that our TV news in Christchurch should be showing an even worse disaster unfolding before us, this time in Japan, struck by an earthquake variously reported between 8.4 and 8.9 (or 8000 +/- times the force of our recent 6.3 quake) and, perhaps more devastatingly, by a resulting tsunami with waves said to be 10 metres high. (Christchurch is so flat that if such a tsunami struck us it would finish off some 80% of our city for good.)
Our planet is dangerous. There is nowhere to escape from the possibility of natural disaster. If earthquakes do not get you, floods will. Nowhere is free of storms. Even deserts where there is no rain can thrown up a sandstorm. Climb mountains to avoid tsunamis but keep an eye out for avalanches.
From the perspective of faith, disasters on this dangerous planet keep faith vital. At any time we may meet our Maker. In an instant everything dear to us may be swept away and all we can do is cry out to our Redeemer.
Pray for the people of Japan!