I have been to the remote shores of Haida Gwaii, what used to be known as Queen Charlotte Islands. So, I was interested in the newspaper article a while ago about a local beachcomber, Peter Mark, who made a spectacular find. He discovered what might be the first piece of debris from the Japanese tsunami to have arrived in Canada. 

He came across a large white cube, like the back part of a moving truck, just below the high tide mark.

“The door was ripped off…” he said. “So I went closer and looked inside and saw a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.” The motorcycle’s license plate showed registration in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan and the wall of the trailer had Japanese print on the tags. Mark also found a few golf clubs, tools, and camping equipment in the container.

It defies all logic,” Mark said. And so it does. To find a motorcycle still intact after surviving a tsunami, on a beach 5,000 kilometres away was incredibly sobering.

Miyagi Prefecture was the worst hit part of Japan, with more than 11,000 people dead and missing. The Kuroshio Ocean current runs in an almost direct path from Japan’s east coast over to North America, passing right by the islands of Haida Gwaii.

If a modern cube van can stay afloat through a tsunami and stormy seas for a year, why is it difficult to believe that a larger ark containing precious human life and animal kinds could survive a cataclysmic Great Flood?

“For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth.” (Genesis 7:17 NIV)