We had a nice day on Saturday, a not so nice day on Sunday, and snow today. Snow after the beginning of daylight savings time. A sign of the Apocalypse. Or Armageddon or the Rapture depending on what you tend to call the end of all things.
We joke about these things but seriously…
Consider what’s going on in Japan. I know the burden of our thoughts should be on the suffering of those people. These are not just events that have political and financial implications. Those are real people over there, real people who have suffered lose and trauma, who’s lives were forever changed in an instant. Still you can’t help but think about the global impact of this tragedy.
Japan’s economy has suffered a major blow that will be felt world wide. Will their economy ever fully recover? Will this finally kill the nuclear energy option? How would that affect the world wide price of energy?
There are places in history that we point to as watershed events when things changed forever. We have seen more than one of these in the past decade. There have been times like this before where people said that it was fulfillment of prophecy or that the end was near and it turned out to be not so. Maybe this time it is the end, or maybe not. We shall see. Regardless, I think things have changed and we will not go back to the way things were. The world has changed and I think for us here in the affluent west it won’t be for the better.
I know this sounds negative and maybe cynical but the truth that this world, this life will never be peaceful. If our peace and joy depend on a good salary, two nice cars, a nice home, a happy retirement we have set ourselves up for bitter disappointment. The promise that was given to us, the hope that we have is not found in this world. Jesus has gone ahead to prepare a place for us. There, and only there, we will find peace and contentment and joy that will last for eternity.