Sunday, March 13, 2011

Tsunamis dan Earthquakes


I am of the view that there is always a purpose in everything. And sometimes, it is not just one single purpose, but there are a few purposes as to why thing has happened.

The recent Japan's Tsunami disaster was a eye opener for many of us. All of a sudden, the walls of water came and swept away cars, trucks, boats, ships, airplanes, houses, buildings, people, animals, etc. Nothing could escape despite all the screaming, shouting, crying, pleading, wailing, etc. In the spur of a moment, everything was swept away and gone. What remained afterwards were rubble, dead bodies, smashed cars, crying people, protests against God, etc.

No amount of regret, self-reproach or heart felt feelings and emotions could bring back everything. What was done was done; what was gone was gone, and that was it. It is time for a new beginning; a time to repent and a time to move forward. Dwelling on the past would not help us so much, though it would serve as a lesson to us not to make the same mistakes again.

Many had left the coast when they heard of the first Tsunami warning; they immediately evacuated and retreated to higher grounds. But many didn't; they just couldn't believe it would happen to them. As I thought of it, I remembered the 230000 people who were killed by the earthquake and tsunami in Aceh, and about 500000 were left homeless. Imagine the piles and piles of dead bodies amongst contaminated air and water....

The Tsunami and the quake were over. But people continued to cry and mourn. It was over, everything....

The people went back to the roads, looking at the devastated places, finding bodies of dear and near ones, trying to comprehend just what had happened. All is gone. All is gone.

But it is not the end. It is time to stand up, and stand strong. We have learned our lessons. Yes, we have.

And that is life. We blame no one; we don't blame God, He always has His way. We don't blame men; we also have a share in everything. And we try not to blame ourselves. But we do blame on fate and bad luck.....

Oh! Tsunamis and earthquakes, when would you leave us alone?

2 comments:

Con Artist Trickster said...

What happened in Japan is truly a catastrophic disaster, from the magnitude scale, it's much bigger than Aceh. Watching the news from Japan, I (who also lives in the ring of fire region) couldn't help myself from feeling scared, since there's a potential still that earthquake with more or less the same magnitude will happen in my country. I just wish we'll be prepared when it hits.
My prayer for everybody in Japan, especially they who severely exposed to the tsunami.

yeokeehui@gmail.com said...

The Tsunamis, earthquakes, etc have really frightened us everywhere; no one is safe anymore. It is time to get ready. More prayers are to be offered. Sigh!