People Are Awesome: This Guy Scuba Dived Into the Tsunami to Rescue His Wife and Mother
No doubt many stories of heroism in the face of Japan’s recent tsunami will emerge in the upcoming weeks—one is happening in the Fukushima Daiichi plant as I write this, in fact—but the latest is so beautiful and fantastical that it seems primed for a Hollywood movie.
Meet Hideaki Akaiwa, 43. Startled at work by the now infamous earthquake and tsunami that shook and overtook Japan on March 11, Akaiwa rushed to high ground and immediately called his wife of two decades. When she didn’t answer, Akaiwa ignored friends’ pleas to wait for a military rescue, instead rummaging up some scuba gear and diving into the dark, cold, debris-filled tsunami. Hundreds of yards of swimming later, Akaiwa found his wife struggling against the 10-foot current that had overtaken the couple’s Ishinomaki home.
Once he’d gotten his wife to safety, Akaiwa suffered for four days with worry for his elderly mother. When she didn’t turn up at any of the official evacuation centers, Akaiwa dove once again into the filthy, neck-high waters and swam to her neighborhood, determined to track her down. After some searching, Akaiwa found her, scared and alone, on the second floor of neighbor’s house. “She was very much panicked because she was trapped with all this water around,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “I didn’t know where she was. It was such a relief to find her.”
With his family accounted for, Akaiwa hasn’t rested on his laurels. Rather, he’s spent the past two weeks heading into Ishinomaki in search of other trapped survivors. Armed with a backpack, a flashlight, a Swiss Army knife, and some water, he rides his bike around the wreckage and makes his own destiny.
TASTE AND SEE THAT I AM GOOD. This command contains an invitation to experience My living Presence. It also contains a promise. The more you experience Me, the more convinced you become of My goodness. This knowledge is essential to your faithful walk. when adversities strike, the human instinct is to doubt My goodness. My ways are mysterious, even to those who know Me intimately. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways and thoughts Higher than your ways and thoughts. Do not try to fathom My ways. Instead, spend time enjoying My presence and experiencing My goodness.
SEEK MY FACE at the beginning of your day. This practice enables you to “put Me on” and “wear Me” throughout the day. Most people put on clothes soon after rising from bed. Similarly, the sooner you “put Me on” by communicating with Me, the better prepared you are for whatever comes your way.
To “wear Me” is essentially to have My mind: to think My thoughts. Ask the holy Spirit to control your thinking; be transformed by this renewal within you. Thus you are well equipped to face whatever people and situations I bring your way. Clothing your mind in Me is your best preparation for each day. This discipline brings you Joy and Peace to you and those around you.
STAY CALMLY conscious of Me today, no matter what. Remember that i go before you as well as with you into the day. Nothing takes Me by surprise. I will not allow circumstances to overwhelm you, so long as you look to Me. I will help you cope with whatever the moment presents. Collaborating with Me brings blessings that far outweigh all your troubles. Awareness of My Presence contains Joy that con endure all eventualities.
HOLD MY HAND - AND TRUST. so long as you are conscious of My presence, with you all is well. It is impossible to stumble while walking in the light with Me. I designed you to enjoy Me above all else. You find the deepest fulfillment in Me alone.
Fearful, Anxious thoughts melt away in the light of My presence. When you turn away from Me, you are vulnerable to the darkness that is always at work in the world. Don’t be surprised by how easily you sin when you forget to cling to My hand. In this world dependency is seen as Immaturity. But in My kingdom dependency is a prime measure of maturity.
“You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She’s not perfect – you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break – her heart. So don’t hurt her, don’t change her, don’t analyze and don’t expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she’s not there.”
- Bob Marley
YOU ARE MY BELOVED CHILD. i chose you before the foundations of the world, to walk with me along the paths I designed uniquely for you. Concentrate on keeping in step with Me, in stead of trying to anticipate My plans for you. if you trust that My plans are to prosper you and not to harm you, you can relax in the present moment.
Your hope and your future are rooted in heaven, when eternal ecstasy awaits you. Nothing can rob you of your intelligence of unimaginable well being and riches. Sometimes i grant you glimpses of your glorious future, to encourage you and to spur you on. But your main focus should me staying close to Me. I set the pace of keeping with you needs and My purpose.