Below are two vintage videos. One was taken two weeks before the San Francisco Earthquake in 1906. The second was taken a few days after the earthquake and the devastating fire ravaged the city.
I found them absolutely fascinating. The second one is a bit long, but offers glimpses of the same area. It also shows some of the fire and the tent camps that sprang up in the aftermath of the disaster.
The difference in the scenery is stunning, but the people—ah, the people still exude energy and verve. They often look tired, but never daunted. I was enthralled and I have to say that my mind immediately jumped to the verses in James chapter 4—“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’”
I’m not advocating a fatalistic viewpoint. But these videos remind me that no one knows what the future holds. I need to prioritize. Let some of the little stuff go, invest more in relationships rather than striving for riches.
I hope you will find these videos as affecting as I did.
If you took the time to watch the videos (sorry the second one is particularly long,) what stood out most to you?
Influenced by books like The Secret Garden and The Little Princess, Lisa Karon Richardson’s early books were heavy on boarding schools and creepy houses. Now that she’s (mostly) all grown-up she still loves a healthy dash of adventure and excitement in any story she creates, even her real-life story. She’s been a missionary to the Seychelles and Gabon and now that she and her husband are back in America, they are tackling a brand new adventure, starting a daughter-work church in a new city. Her first novella, Impressed by Love, part of the Colonial Courtships collection, is coming in May, 2012.