A few days ago, two powerful earthquakes hit the southern island of Japan (Kyushu) in the city of Kumamoto. All is safe and sound in Tokyo (1,000km away) but my heart hurts for the people suffering. I've been watching the news the past few days and the destruction is awful...buildings are collapsed, historical sites in ruin, workers trying to find people trapped under debris, roads completely destroyed...my heart hurts for these people. 

Japan is one of the most seismically active places in the world and I have felt more earthquakes living here for 8 months than I have in my entire life back in the states. Although that is an alarming fact, I rest assured that the good Lord has all things in His hands. He is in control. He loves the people of Kumamoto who are living in great fear now, He loves Japan deeply, and He is in control.

My heart also goes out to the people of Ecuador who just suffered a massive earthquake earlier this morning. Lord Jesus, come quickly!