Monday, March 14, 2011

Overwhelmed

I am sure others here in Japan not in the earthquake/tsunami affected areas would say the same thing. I am feeling overwhelmed. Watching the news, hearing the stories, seeing the devastation, etc, brings tears, feelings of guilt, feelings of helplessness.

Tonight we heard about a hospital that is running on a generator that will not last much longer. They have 200 patients on dialysis. They have enough supplies for 2 more days. Phones and cell phones are not working. The only way this info got out is because the TV crew happened to be there. Nurses and doctors have been there since the disasters on Friday.

What do I do with all of this? How do I respond?
Here is a quote from a friend's blog...
"What can I do for suffering people? I know that prayer is the answer and my mind knows that this is so much more powerful than anything else I could ever offer, but why does it feel so futile? Perhaps because it doesn't feel like I am really doing something and I like nothing if not to feel active and to see the results of my activity. With that in mind, I will continue to talk to God, knowing that He is bigger than all of this."

So, this is how I respond, for now.

7 comments:

Rev. Tammy said...

Prayer is, in fact, the way to begin as you so well stated. I will continue to pray with you that the Lord will heighten your awareness of where and how the Lord may utilize you to be His hands and feet in the days to come. As you well know, this will be a long term, marathon sort-of, opportunity to minister for the sake of God's Kingdom. Thank you for posting.

Carrie said...

We're reading Ps 46 and praying for you guys especially Shan ... I can imagine how difficult it must be to be in the midst of everything. I know God will use you for great things and he's placed you in his perfect place.

Paul said...

Praying for you and that God would get great glory through your work in Japan.

martha said...

Shan,
You, your ministry and your friends have been on our hearts for some time. Now, more than ever, we are praying for you. Keep us posted on how you are, and how God is working through you. He can do great things! Is there anything you need us to send you?

Martha and Alan Robison

KgL said...

Shan,
I share your feelings of helplessness. I cannot imagine how things are there. You speak of that hospital running on one generator without supplies...wow. We couldn't function here, even in our small hospital. And knowing that many more will die even if they are hospitalized....
I pray that you will see God at work, and that people will see Jesus through you as you minister there.
(I also think that you should come home and be safe, but that is probably like saying that to Cari, right?)
Numbers 6
......Say to them:
24 “‘“The LORD bless you
and keep you;
25 the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
26 the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’

GOD BLESS!
Karen

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Anonymous said...

Shan,
I didn't even think to look here for comment. I look out at the dirty, mud, snow and water running around here and then I pray for the Japanese people that they can know than God is caring for them through the helpers around them. I pray that He will be recognized just as I realize my help is from Him, not mere man.The Lord be with you as you "look" at the possibilities you have.love to you!