Now and again I realize that I pretty much keep my head in the sand and remember to take it out to look around. I then remember why I keep my head in the sand in the first place, and end up sticking it back in even when I don’t necessarily mean to. There’s a lot going on in the world, a lot of it hard and horrible, and most of it are things I can’t even begin to do anything at all about.
Except, being aware of it does something, too.
Looking beyond the sand this morning I see that some major quakes have devastated Sumatra; that mudslides in Italy are claiming lives; that the Pacific has been ravaged by quakes and tsunamis.
One of the epithets that come to us regarding Poseidon is Ennosigaios, Earthshaker. He has at times also been called Asphaleious, called upon during earthquakes to hold the earth steadfast after quakes have hit.
He is, at times, a somber god. We’ve come a long way, I think, from thinking that these things are human-centered, that we anger the gods and They get revenge or retribution by large-scale environmental disasters. I won’t go into my ideas about tension, about balance, about the need for such massive tension relieving occurances in this post. This post is just to foster awareness, for me to gather things in one place, to look out of my hole in the sand, and to speak of His greatness, and to say, I see the severity of this, and I’ll witness it with Him.