Last week marked the nineteenth anniversary of one of the deadliest disasters in modern history. On December 26, 2004, an enormous tsunami generated by the largest recorded earthquake sent waves, some 100 feet high, racing across the Indian Ocean at 500 mph—the speed of a jet plane. This Indonesia earthquake shifted the earth so much it changed our planet’s rotation.
John Leake from Courageous Discourse provides more details. His article struck a chord because I have friends visiting there now who were also there when the 2004 tsunami hit. While I don’t understand why God allows such pain and loss, I do know He is still our ever-present help.
I wrote about God’s protection of my friends Susan and Navaka in my book Little Women, Big God. Here is an excerpt I hope will encourage you.
Have you ever mistaken God’s providence for “bad luck”?
Sometimes we mistake God’s providence for “bad luck.” I’m sure that’s how my friends Susan and Navaka felt when they couldn’t enjoy a beach resort on their vacation. In 2004, while visiting Sri Lanka, terrible stomach cramps sent Susan to the emergency room. Even with medicine, she couldn’t shake them. Reluctantly, they canceled their much-anticipated trip to the beach. As soon as they changed plans, Susan’s stomach calmed down.
While they visited a nearby site, the beach they had planned to enjoy became part of one of the deadliest disasters in recorded history. Over 230,000 people in fourteen countries lost their lives to deadly tsunamis.
God used an illness to protect Susan and Navaka. He used hunger to draw biblical Ruth into the field of her kinsman-redeemer. God uses everyday situations to propel us into his perfect plan. Sometimes we need the perspective of time to recognize his hand. Have you felt abandoned by God? One day, you will see how his hand led you through this life, and you will stand amazed.
These photos were taken this December on Susan and Navaka’s trip to the coast the Tsunami hit nineteen years ago. God’s story is not over. As with any good book, some things don’t make sense until the last chapter. Until then, our role is to trust God with our disappointments. He is at work in your life just as he was for Susan, Ruth, and Naomi.
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And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 NASB
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Has God’s provision for you ever looked like bad luck?
 “2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami,” Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_Indian_Ocean_earthquake.
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