One of the worst disasters that have occurred in the United States occurred in Alaska in 1988. The giant oil tanker Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of oil into the Prince William Sound. It was said to have contaminated more than 1200 miles of the beautiful shoreline. There were more than 1,000 sea otters and 100,000 birds, including 150 bald eagles, and thousands more wildlife that were killed as a result of that accident. Losses to the fishing industry exceeded $100 billion. The damage caused has been felt for years. Even though I was only 6b years old when this spill happened i still remember seeing it on tv. It seemed to be a horrible fate and death that the animals suffered.
Even though the Valdez oil spill sounds bad it is the 34th largest oil spill in history. As a matter of fact the smallest oil spill of the top ten largest in the world was four times larger than the Valdez. Making the list as the number 5 largest was in the Persian Gulf – 1983 – over 80 million gallons were spilled, almost 8 times larger than the Valdez. A tanker collided with a drilling platform which, eventually, collapsed into the sea. The well continued to spill oil into the ocean for seven months before it was repaired. http://envirowonk.com/content/view/68/1/
Making the list as the largest oil spill that the world has ever known was in Kuwait in 1991. This was no accident when over 520 million gallons of oil was deliberately released into the water by iraqi forces. They opened the valves of several oil tankers in order to slow the invasion of American troops. The oil slick was four inches thick and covered 4000 square miles of ocean. That’s almost four times the size of the state of Rhode Island, at four inches thick. If you spread the oil out 1/2 an inch thick, which would not be fun to swim in, it would be enough to cover 32,000 square miles, which is larger than the state of South Carolina at only 30,109.47 square miles. (http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/45000.html) That’s a heck of a lot of oil!!! Quite a disaster don’t you think?
Out of the mouths of so many people today are nothing but disasters, oil spills, pollutants. I can’t stand to hear people curse like a sailor or bad mouth someone else. Out of our mouths we curse people that God has made, people that we are supposed to love, people that are in our own families. Relationships are hurting for years and years because of what we do with our mouths. My favorite book, James says:
James 3:7-10 (The Message)
7-9 This is scary: You can tame a tiger, but you can’t tame a tongue—it’s never been done. The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer. With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image. Curses and blessings out of the same mouth!
10-12My friends, this can’t go on. A spring doesn’t gush fresh water one day and brackish the next, does it? Apple trees don’t bear strawberries, do they? Raspberry bushes don’t bear apples, do they? You’re not going to dip into a polluted mud hole and get a cup of clear, cool water, are you?
Do your words help or harm? Do they bruise or build-up? Do you Encourage or Discourage? What if every stranger, co-worker, or family member were living his/her last day on earth, could you live the rest of your life knowing that your words were edifying, believing that all you said was encouraging? Are you polluting this earth with your insults about others appearance, intellect, self-worth, behavior and value? Do you need to ask God’s forgiveness for the oil that you have deliberately spilled on others. Do you need to do some major clean-up in your relationships from the leaks of verbal crude-oil comments? Do you need to go to someone and ask forgiveness before your relationship drowns? If so, do whatever it takes to clean-up the relationships that you will only have once on this earth.
God Bless!!! Micah Harbison 🙂