March 18, 2011

Just Doesn't Seem Right: Reflections on Japan

My heart just breaks for the wonderful Japanese people! Granted, my only visit thus far to the Land of the Rising Sun was way back in another decade, but I still remember the graciousness and warmth of the people. One particular story still sticks in my mind.

I was lost in the backstreets of Tokyo. Not exactly the easiest way for an American with no Japanese language skills. Seeing no one in this little whisp of a street. Walking around with my little map knowing where I wanted to go. Finally, I came upon an elderly woman, and I asked her how to get to where I wanted. She nodded, took my hand, and gently led me several blocks away. She slowly walked me to my desired destination! How many places can you imagine that happening? I was thankful and stunned. The power of kindness and good will cannot be destroyed by natural disasters.

Yesterday, I was pondering all this in my reading time, and I came upon the following: "The seas have lifted up, O Lord, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea- the Lord on high is mighty." And farther down the passage, "When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul."

Join me in prayer, won't you, for the nation of Japan and its wonderful people. Pray they would see God's merciful hand in spite of the disaster from a fallen earth. May they see His goodness and kindness beyond what their physical eyes may tell them.


Eric Scales said...

What a touching story. Thanks for sharing it.

Mark Taft said...

I was stunned by this small act of kindness. Actually, this was very consistent with everyone I met there. It's quite the place- Tokyo is at once exhilerating and calming when you least expect it. Kyoto is simply one of the most beautiful spots in Japan. One day, I'll return. Thanks for reading my story, Eric!