|This gigantic sink hole in the intersection of a city near|
Guatemala City, Guatemala swallowed a three-story building!
Who knows how deep it is? Click the picture to enlarge it.
You can't even see the building down there!
This picture was taken after some flooding in the area. Of course, it caught the whole city by surprise. If you look at the top of the picture you will see a group of spectators standing in the street. I wonder if that building will be missed. Is the street reparable? I heard everyone got out of the building okay. That's good. This is basically a huge gaping hole. The weird thing is that when this sink hole happened, our son, who is a missionary there, was in the same town. His reaction was totally different that those nearby. His experience went like this: A volcano erupted. He helped clean that mess up. Soon after that a flood followed. And, he helped clean up the mess from that. Unknown to him and the people in his area, after the flood ~ on the other side of town: Kaboom! A Giant Sink Hole happened!
My son did not even know about the sink hole until we emailed him photos of it from the Internet asking him questions about it. Strange how it was so "close" by it had no effect on the people in our son's area.
Recently I've been thinking about gaping holes like these, sink holes. I have been seeing them symbolically as things that are missing from our lives. Things that once were there like routines that are no more. Goals that never came to fruition. Relationships that have gone unattended. Who knows how deep those kind of holes are in our souls? How much have we ignored that others have watched with concern, just like the spectators in this picture?
Do we even have gaping holes like that? Holes that are only seen when attention is brought to them or they hit too close to home? Do we have to get the email to know they exist? I do.
I realize that I have holes in my life: I wish I would exercise again, read my scriptures more regularly, pray more often and play the piano. These things alone are not a really big deal, but they are all a part of me. When something is missing from me, they make holes. They may not be gaping holes, but they have impact on me nonetheless. Sometimes the consequences of our choices create huge sink holes, ones that it will take engineers to figure out how to fix. Sometimes the holes just need a bit of dirt shoveling to refill them. I understand that sink holes are unpredictable. But, we are not so. We have a definite advantage over a sink hole. We may not expect them, but we can prepare for them, and we can repair them. We just need to notice them first. Sometimes I think they find us first through the reactions of other people to the things that we do or do not do. Either way, they are potential problems.
Today, I think I will work on repairing some of my holes. I'd like to be a little less "Holey"in this respect. (smiles)