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When the big bang is more than a theory

May 1, 2010

On April 20th, 2010 an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded, killing 11 people and sending an enormous amount of oil into the Gulf waters.  The rig sunk and is still leaking an estimated 5000 barrels of oil a day into the Gulf.

I looked it up.  A “barrel” is about 42 gallons.  So 5000 of those would be 210,000.  Daily.  And the oil slick is expanding and spreading much faster than originally anticipated.  Containment efforts are already failing, and the slick is due to reach land in Louisiana very soon.

It isn’t certain if the oil slick will reach here.  There’s a decent chance of it, especially at the rate it’s forming, expanding, and migrating.

This whole thing is a disaster on every level.  Lives lost, wildlife sickened and killed, environments damaged, economies profoundly affected by loss of industry and tourism.

I’m a practical person, at least for the most part.  I fully understand that we need oil. I fully understand that there’s oil under the Gulf and that offshore drilling is how we get to it.  But man…what a price to pay when something goes wrong.

Then again, everything we want or need in this life has some sort of price tag attached to it.  Much of the time we’re so used to it that we don’t even notice.  You want people to like your company?  Take a shower and wash your clothes so you don’t smell bad.  You want strong teeth that stay in your head and last for a lifetime?  Brush well and see a dentist regularly.  You don’t want cockaroaches in your kitchen?  Don’t leave them a picnic.  We adjust our lives in such a way that we don’t even realize that we’re paying our bills with our choices and habits.

Recently, however, I’ve been aware of how our choices can create painful debt instead of paying the price for things that are positive.  Careless words, thoughtless deeds, choosing self over others, neglecting the sacrifices to which authentic relationship calls us…next thing you know, there’s an explosion and a slick of toxins begins to drift into areas of our lives that were clean and healthy only a short time earlier.  It’s a disaster on every level, and no small feat to clean up the mess.

It can feel like walking a tightrope, this business of walking in forgiveness, just as God calls us to, and forming godly boundaries that guard our hearts without disregarding the hearts of others.  I’m pretty sure the EPA doesn’t have any guidelines for cleaning up our relational environments.  It’s definitely a God-sized task.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 1, 2010 11:22 pm

    I finally decided to write a comment on your blog. I just wanted to say good job. I really enjoy reading your posts.

  2. Spacey permalink
    May 2, 2010 2:54 am

    Hi, I like the way you have compared life with this oil slick. I have been reading a lot of this news and wanted to write something on this myself…but then didn’t want it to be a typical news article. So, you have written something I wanted to in the way I wanted to.. :) nice!

    On a more serious note, I think this is going to be the biggest spill next only to the ones that happened during the gulf war! Too bad this is going to be seen more like a natural disaster than a crime…I am sure there are reasons why the company that maintained the rig failed to keep it from exploding, reasons for which it should stand culpable.

    I have you on my blogroll…until next time…


    • May 2, 2010 12:51 pm

      Thanks…I really appreciate the encouragement!

  3. OrgarveEnvero permalink
    May 16, 2010 2:50 am

    Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
    I’ve been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

    Thumbs up, and keep it going!


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