A particular city on America’s west coast has reportedly lost the “holy grail” for earthquake scientists due to…city maintenance.
The “holy grail” was actually a monitored section of an unaligned sidewalk created by a shifting fault-line.
In the eyes of the local scientific community this section of concrete was priceless. In the eyes of the local streets department this section of concrete was a public safety hazard. Neither party was aware of the other’s point-of-view. Hence, thanks to a little construction, the concrete “holy grail” was turned into a common sidewalk.
The scientific community is “mourning” its loss while the city is saying its workers did what its workers were supposed to do.
So whose fault was it? Besides the one underground I mean.
Maybe this quote from the city’s assistant manager will help shed some light. She said, ““We probably would have looked at it differently, or we would have tried to help them document it,” … if scientists want to share information with the city about sites used to monitor seismic activity, “we’d be happy to talk with them” to see whether there’s a way to alert city crews about their geologic significance.”
I have no doubt that the site under consideration was valued by the scientific community, but they failed to speak of its importance to right people. I mean, what’s a maintenance crew to do – read minds?
Here’s the spiritual application: When it comes to evangelism, or going to our brother or sister in Christ due to an offense, or speaking to a loved-one before it’s too late, or giving a good word of encouragement, or whatever else may only be known to our own mind, if we want others to be aware of how important the issue is to us, then we need to speak up. It really is as simple as that.
“I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; with my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.” (Psalm 89:1)