I was in the living room of my house working on my bike when the walls started to vibrate. Julie looked up at me from her comfortable place on the couch and put her book down.
“Earthquake,” she said calmly, as the light hanging over the dining room table began to swing more and more violently like a cowboy’s rope preparing to capture a steer. The shaking was growing stronger.
“What do we do?” I asked her starting to grow fearful. “I don’t really know!” was not the answer I was looking for.
Julie ran over to the bird-cage and put our parrot in his cage of wildly swinging toys. I did exactly what you are not supposed to do and ran outside.
Our patio was moving like a boat deck on 3 foot surf. I was surfing our patio while the earth lifted the concrete slab. It was the most bizarre thing I have ever felt.
Once the shaking died down [which seemed like an eternity later], we walked through the house to pick up picture frames that had fallen off of shelving, and surveyed the situation. Everything seemed to have survived the rumble.
We immediately went to the internet to research earthquake preparedness, and read about all of things we had done wrong. It didn’t take much to realize exactly how unprepared we were for a natural disaster like an earthquake.
It made me think about the doom and gloom sermons I heard growing up. Sermons that ended with questions like: “Are you ready if Jesus came back right now?” and “What if you get hit by a bus on the way home? Will you go to heaven?”
I thought about my own mortality and the confidence I have in an eternal life through Christ. If death comes as sudden as the earthquake did last Sunday, I am prepared. This is a beautiful thing to think about.
Besides the pure joy and fulfillment that being a Believer brings, the confidence in knowing we are prepared when disaster eventually strikes is worth its weight in gold. Don’t be afraid to spread the good news.
1 Thess 5:2
For you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.