We are coming upon the 25th Anniversary of the San Francisco earthquake on October 17. I remember it well because our daughter was born the next morning and we watched all of the tragedy unfold while I was in labor!!
I was watching interviews with survivors of that quake last night and hearing about those who were under rubble with only a 2 foot by 2 foot section of air around them to survive. Other survivors told of hanging from debris or their fear while being trapped in their car. It was horrible.
Sometimes I feel like our lives are like the earth and the quakes come and tear it apart leaving us in turmoil surrounded by debris. Like those in San Francisco that day, we are just going along at our normal pace and then WHAM a huge “earthquake” upsets every aspect of our lives – physically, mentally, emotionally and even spiritually.
When our life gets shaken by the events of the day or the results of our sin, we can feel torn apart and full of rubble. We may get bad news physically or go through emotional trials or have mental warfare going on in our minds. Sometimes when we go through all of these things we begin to wonder where we are spiritually.
But I am here to tell you that God created this earth and your body and your spirit and your mind and your emotions. God can shake us up like an earthquake until we turn to rubble so that He can be there to help pick up the debris and rebuild our lives stronger than ever.
Sometimes those trials are not our fault. And sometimes those trials can be results of our choices and our sins. But just like the earthquake in San Francisco, it can take time to rebuild and repair our body, our minds and our emotions from those trials and sins. But God wants you to depend on him spiritually every day, every minute, every step of the way so that he can help build you better and stronger.
God promises that he will never leave us………..never………..not through the trials, the earthquakes, the good times or the sad times. Hebrews 13:5(b)-6, “God has said, “never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?””
Jesus says in Matthew 28:20 – “And surely I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
So, do not “shake after the quake” because God is with you through it all, just waiting for you to seek Him. He will help you pick up the pieces of the debris and help you rebuild – bigger and better than ever!