"We just did not expect such a thing to happen. It's just overwhelming." a quote from H. Sato of Japan. What so hits me in this is the blending of mercy and judgment from my Perfect God. There are those that hit death square on when this occurred. Some were ready, some were not. Some thought they were and were wrong. God had determined before time that this was to be. Those that are left have an opportunity to turn from their expectations to God.
I feel a need to pray for those who have been left behind...that they not be overwhelmed by the events so much that they miss God. And I cannot imagine what they are experiencing in the wake of such an event; but I know that God is there and still drawing as He wants none to perish. And, as I think about those left behind, I realize that I am in those ranks. You are, too. We are those to whom mercy accorded us more time. What will you do with it? They did not expect such a thing to happen to them...where are we blinded by our expectations and beliefs about what can and cannot happen?