Because while my morning is being "ruined" by the student who spouts choice words at me on his way to the principal's office, there are people in Japan that have come face to face with the real meaning of "ruined."
Because while I'm worrying about stenciled birdhouses in my bathroom and bemoaning the wall-to-wall carpeting in the kitchen, there are people in Japan that don't have a house at all.
It bothers me that I can feel so completely unchanged and unaffected by a disaster of such enormous magnitude, that my week can continue with the same predictable roadbumps getting in my way. I simply have to take pause and thank God for His blessing, His provision, and His hedge of protection around us, knowing very well that all of that could change in a matter of minutes; believing all the same that no matter what, I'm resting in unchanging and everlasting arms, and so are the people in Japan. Truly, that is the only solid rock we can rest any fears upon.
"On Christ the solid rock I stand; all other ground is sinking sand."
Nobody planned for a massive earthquake, a devastating tsunami, explosions and fire, the threat of radiation. Nobody wrote "death toll soaring into the thousands" on their calendar. "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lords purpose that prevails." I thank the Lord that I can lean on Him even in the light of unplanned circumstances.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."