Do you remember the last time you were in an earthquake? I remember one particularly rocky shaking I experienced about 22 years ago. Everything was fine and normal and stable and sweet when I went to bed. But a little after midnight I awakened to a frightening and shattering new reality. That night I could have sworn the earth moved beneath my bed and everything that had once been stable, now seemed shifty and unreliable.
No, it wasn’t a physical or geological earthquake I experienced that night. It was a medical emergency, a drastic change, a life threatening occurrence, a reality check. But in my spirit I felt like the ground on which I stood had been pulled out from under me.
Have you experienced that kind of earthquake? Maybe you …
- lost someone you desperately loved without warning
- got a bad and unexpected report from a doctor
- lost a job you thought was stable and secure
- said goodbye to a friend you thought would always be there
- took a financial loss
- experienced rejection from one you trusted implicitly
- survived a natural disaster, but barely
- heard words of anger and bitterness you never thought you’d hear
You may or may not need to let go of something to which you have been clinging in the midst of one of these earthquakes (e.g. a job, a friend, a home, etc.), but you will not be left with nothing to hold onto. Grab hold of those things which will always remain and can be trusted for eternity:
- God’s faithfulness (Psalm 119:90 – Thy faithfulness continues through all generations; Thou didst establish the earth, and it stands.)
- God’s kingdom purposes (Psalm 46:1-11 and Hebrews 12:28)
- God’s love for you (Romans 8:38-39 – For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.)
- God’s Word (Psalm 119:71 – It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I may learn Thy ways. & Psalm 119:92-93 – If Thy law had not been my delight, then I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget Thy precepts, for by them Thou hast revived me.)