By: Nondumiso Langa
You are a an environmental assessor sent by your local municipality to assess the space in which people in the informal settlements live in. what do you expect to find ? people using every resource they could find to make a living ? clean streets because most of the tins, papers, plastics etc are used as an essential part of the household? people well-informed about their current state of sanitation? think again instead there are piles of rubbles in the streets , water flowing everywhere and still some people throwing the water in the streets after using it and all you have to do is duck to avoid it spilling on you.
Disaster management sends you to assess the damage done by the floods and storms in KZN. farmers are grumbling. the people are crying. clinics are packed. houses are destroyed. no one knows whats wrong. ‘we are cursed they say . the church regulars tell you the end is near… who do you belive is it global warming or is GOD showing the world that the end is near? i cannot give you a straight answer for that but I can give you reasons that will help you arrive at the answer. IN the meantime keep Micheal Jackson’s songs ” I’m starting with the man in the mirror im asking him to change his ways ” and ” heal the world make it a better place for you and for me and the entire human race there are people dying if you care enough for the living make a better place for you and for me ” in mind.
Have you noticed that the world has become relatively warmer or colder these days its like we have two seasons summer and winter . you find snow in Jozi and the aloe vera plant which was only prominent in the desserts in Pretoria. roses and palm trees in South Africa these are all alien plants by the way. oranges are available throughout the year. imagine you sleeping in your room everything is set up like you want it to be and one by one children start coming in as you lay in bed and start messing your room, causing disorder with them taking all your valuables, bringing their toys ,paint all at the same time shouting above their voices and they leave as you standing there flabrigasted… everything is just a mess… that’s how mother earth feels everything is just a mess . we organised, taken, put things the way we want and the earth doesn’t know where to start putting things together because everywhere its a mess, everything is just wrong.
Luke 21:25 and there will be signs in the sun, moon, stars and upon the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world for the powers of the heavens will shake” do not be confused but be alarmed having these catastrophes doesn’t mean GOD is causing or not causing them. Didn’t GOD give us the rainbow as a promise never to bring about destruction to the world again? do you not say psalms 23 THe lord is my shepherd I shall not want… even thou I walk in the valley of the shadow of death i will fear no evil for thou art with me? GOD is still with us even in these trying times. all we need to do is make that change lets not argue about who and what is to blame but let us make sure that when he comes back HE finds us with oil like the 5 virgins waiting for the groom. he finds us doing something to protect the world he has given us to take of. that is the challenge we facing now the challenge of rectifying the mistake.