Uncovering Reminders

Posted on Jul 05 , 2012 in Blog & Ongoing

It is interesting the things you find here, just laying on the ground. I’ve found Nintendo 64 game cartridges, various circuit boards, lots of pottery, even a guitar multi-effects unit amongst the rubble here. It’s interesting to see a building knocked over on its side or to look at the foundation of what was once a home and try to figure out what used to be what. You can tell where the kitchen and bathroom were usually because of the tiles and pipes. It’s interesting…until you think about where the people who these things belonged to are now. Where is the aspiring guitarist (or famous guitarist) who owned the effects unit? Where are the people who lived in the building that’s on it’s side? Were they in it when it flipped? Where is the child who had this video game? Even if they are still alive, it’s hard to believe that their Donkey Kong 3 game ended up on the side of the road without them losing a lot more.

Considering all of that it is not interesting anymore; it’s something else. I don’t know what word to use that truly captures the scope of this tragedy. What word do you use to describe an elementary school that went from 120 students to 30? How can you even picture a wall of water 100 feet tall come through here?

And then there’s that age-old, nagging cliche of a question – how could a loving God do this? Too many of the answers we’re prodded with are equally cliche. The only answer that makes sense to me right now, though I would never suggest that it is the answer; is that life really is a precious gift. It is a privilege and a blessing from God to be allowed to be alive and to experience His creation. Some of us get more and some of us get less, but every second we get is a blessing. And to stack another cliche onto a pile of cliches, it does put things into perspective for me. Every second I have is a blessing. I can’t waste it.

Jeremy Turner


2 Comments → “ Uncovering Reminders ”

  1. Bill Yee

    6 years ago

    How are the living conditions?


    • naomi

      6 years ago

      The living conditions at GMT are pretty good, at least for the men. We are staying in the field director’s home, with his wife as the host. The women are staying in one of the large tents.


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