Earthquake: Blessing or just Luck?

I’m totally convinced that it is by God’s grace and favor that there have been no casualties as a result of the Christchurch earthquake.  Every time the news is on we hear incredible survival stories – people who were within a millimeter of death but as circumstances had it, missed. It’s a miracle that it happened at night and not during the day with everyone at school and work.

But there is another side to the story.  I would love for some feedback from others.  Maybe you’ve survived in a natural disaster where friends and loved ones died.  I would like to know what you think about this…

I’ve been challenged with this idea: if we claim that God has blessed us because we got off so light, what is that saying about similar situations.  Are they going to hear us saying that we are somehow better or more worthy then they?

The obvious comparison is the Haiti earthquake.  Thousands of people died in a quake of a very similar magnitude.  If we are so blessed, if we have God’s favor, then what does that mean for them? Are we saying we are superior?

Or does it just come down to the fact that we live in a developed country with building codes and education and awareness?

Any thoughts?

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