I don't suppose the Haiti earthquakes has slipped under the nose of anyone recently.
The news is covering the disaster every evening. The harrowing images and scenes of the chaos
fill the TV screens. Aid is yet to reach Haiti, and the government is non existent.
Last night a lengthened coverage showed scenes of men and women sleeping rough, rummaging through brick rubble in search of water and food. Riots were breaking out as shops were being uncovered and produce was fought over. It had become survival of the fittest.
Amongst many thoughts, compassion for these people rose within me.
It was clear that they were fending for themselves in some areas.
There was no one to lead them, provide for them, hold them and comfort them.
It reminded me of the verse of scripture.
36-When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
It is obvious to see what is happening and how those who have no one to lead them, can start to create chaos. Life becomes all about fending for yourself, looking after your own kind and surviving.
This is not only true in this instance, we see it all over the world.
Generations with poor leadership will lead to chaos and ruin.
How we have been blessed! We have a great advocate, who is our eternal shepherd.
"In your unfailing love you will lead
the people you have redeemed.
In your strength you will guide them
to your holy dwelling."
When the world around us fails and crumbles, we have a hope in God.
We can know his peace amongst tragedy.
My prayer is that God will rescue the people of Haiti, that they will find him in this disaster.
That those who are, at this time, crying out for a saviour, will know the comfort of this psalm:
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.