After all the craziness going on in Japan, I honestly feel like I couldn't blog about the random stuff going on in my own life at the moment. The earthquakes, tsunamis and explosions make me wonder about so many things, one of which is why God allows stuff like this to happen. In my own life, I am slowly (and painfully) coming to the realisation that when God allows certain things in your life it is because He is trying to get through to you; to change something about you, to teach you some lessons or to get you to reach out to Him. Basically, He's trying to get your attention.
Now I'm not saying God caused the earthquakes, or that He is punishing the Japanese people, but if I know anything about human beings, it is this; when we are desperately in trouble and in need of help, we call out to God. All people do, whether Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, atheist, agnostic, or people from any other religion. Suffering makes us think about our lives and the frailty and value of it, if any. When we get to the point where we can no longer maintain control, we have to hand it over to Someone else who can. I have always believed in God, but only when I started going through some serious challenges in my life did I start seeking Him fervently. I believe this is the reason God allows certain situations in our lives; that is the only way He can get through to some of us.
So, whilst I sympathise with and pray for Japan, I sincerely hope that these natural disasters aren't complete disasters, but that at least some people would be wise enough to seek Him in their moment of need, whilst He may still be found.
The other thing I've noticed (and well before all this happened) is that some countries, e.g. Nigeria hardly ever experience natural disasters on the scale that other countries do. No earthquakes, no tsunamis, no tornadoes, no hurricanes. Nothing. Nigeria is blessed. In so many ways. But for some reason, the country is messed up. In so many ways. We create our problems ourselves; we don't need nature's help! We hate each other, we cheat each other, we discriminate against each other. Everyone looks after himself and no one else. Like the popular saying goes, 'Every man for himself, God for us all.' What a load of tosh. But that is the Nigerian mentality. Hence the country is probably at the worst point she's ever being in since her inception. Nigeria just celebrated her fiftieth birthday anniversary for goodness' sake, and we still do not have constant electricity! I won't join the band-wagon criticising the government and others in power, because I actually believe the problems we have in Nigeria stem from the people.
Don't get me wrong, I love Nigerians. I am one of them, even though there have been times I've wished that wasn't the case. But I feel like sometimes we take for granted what we have as a nation; the natural resources, the diversity of culture, the resilience of the people, not to mention the jollof rice. Nigeria is amazing. But Nigeria is divided. I do not wish to make light of the situation in Japan, but sometimes I feel like the only thing that could bring Nigeria together is a serious natural disaster. Maybe then, we would rally together to help each other and make sure the country doesn't go under. But then again, maybe not.