I have found some amazing facts that I want to share--little glimpses of light in what seems to be an insurmountable darkness.
As I shared in a previous post, I have been learning more about God's tender mercies for his children. Having seen these tender mercies in abundance in my own life as I've dealt with my own little challenges, it gives me great hope in what lies ahead for Japan as I become aware of some of theirs. I know, with no doubting whatsoever, that God is in charge, and this is all part of His plan. Prophecy is being fulfilled. Good things will come from this. But, amongst all the horrifying images we see on the news, are you aware of the good that is going on at this very minute because God's hand is in all of this?
First, of all, I want to share the miracle of the missionaries. The more I think about this, the more aware I am that God has had something to do with this. The area of Fukushima, the farthest south area in the Sendai mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was hit extremely hard by the quakes and tsunami. It is the area with the nuclear plant.
These zone conferences are not an every day occurrence--like I said. Coincidence that they were doing this that day? I just don't think so. Someday I'd love to hear the mission president's story on how that particular date was decided upon because I would bet that it was no mere choice of a date. I have little doubt that it was prayerfully decided upon and that the Lord had some say in keeping His servants safe. Tender mercy #1.
Needless to say, when I heard of the earthquake when I woke on the 11th, Mayumi came to my mind. Did she make it? I went to her facebook page, but of course, there was nothing but worry--people here, in America, inquiring as to her whereabouts and well being.
The next day, we heard from her. She had arrived, but not without an amazing story.
On Sunday, March 13th, at 6:19am (Japanese time, I believe), she shared part of just what happened to her.
She said they were given a blanket and some emergency food. While she was trying to get her baby to sleep, an old lady saw her and became concerned because she could see that Mayumi was alone with a small baby and had just flown in from a very long international flight, so she asked one of the airport workers if they could find her a quiet room--these rooms are typically reserved for V.I.P.s.
They arranged it for her, and she was give place in the baby lounge. The next day, she found herself with a stand-by ticket and wasn't even sure if there would be a flight to Yamagata. She said she was "constantly praying," and finally found herself given a seat on a flight to Yamagata.
When she arrived in Yamagata, there was no power, and Mayumi was unable to contact her family to let them know of her whereabouts. She caught a taxi and headed to her parents' home. I can't imagine their joy when she showed up on their doorstep. Wow! Can you imagine that reunion? According to Mayumi, "They just repeatedly said, 'So happy to see you.'"
She will remain in Japan until April 16th. I hope and pray for her safe return. In the meantime, there is no doubt the strength that she is adding to her family. Tender mercy #2.
The reason I know that Mayumi is a strength is because of what I know about the Japanese people by the short time I lived in their culture. A few days ago, I ran across this amazing news article. This writer sums up what I learned while in Japan. I hope as you read it, it also gives you hope. To me, this article was tender mercy #3.
So, what tender mercies are you experiencing? What have you seen from all of this? I hope these little instances give you a little added hope to combat the tsunami wave of ugliness that threatens to engulf us all. God is aware of us, each individually, there is no doubt.