Lima is a fascinating city! Zue has been keeping me busy here, and I'm loving it! Today I noticed these yellow circles painted on the ground all over the city - I learned that they are 'safe zones' for protection from falling buildings during the earthquakes that frequent here. Well, my personal conclusion is that they are ridiculous for 2 reasons:
1: A circle the size of a regular trampoline is no where near large enough to fit the thousands of people walking the streets in this busy and populated city.
2: Perhaps the position of these circles have been properly calculated to avoid buildings, but it appears that massive trees, telephone poles, or oncoming traffic (circles painted in the middle of 3 & 4 lane roads) was not taken into consideration at all.
So, in my (uneducated on earthquakes) opinion, these yellow circles are stupid. But as I kept seeing them throughout the city today, I began to reflect on the circles I put up in my own life, things that I hold on to so tightly. I worry about money, a career, relationships... thinking that they will/would make me feel more secure or protected...but all of these things are really just as fragile as the yellow circles. We never know what the future holds, but God is the only one who will never fail us, who is trustworthy, constant, and stable. It is He on whom we can lean. Trusting in things of the world is just like trusting in those yellow circles. Of course it's not bad to be responsible or prepared, but I am reminded that God should be the one that I ultimately depend on.
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