April 16, 2023

Sunday – Poetry

Reading – Psalms 46-48

Highlight Verse:

“So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭46‬:‭2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I grew up in California. Minor earthquakes were no big deal. I didn’t really fear them – Until October 17, 1989.

I was in a large meeting room with plate glass windows. At 5:04pm the floor shifted violently. It was immediately clear this was no minor tremor.

There were no tables in the room so I squeezed under a row of chairs. Around me I could hear things falling and breaking.

I was shaken in more ways than one.

I know, first hand, how significant it is to not fear during an earthquake.

Sixty three people passed from this earth as a result of that quake.

I no longer fear passing from this world. Mind you, I want to stick around as long as I can to see my kids and grandkids grow up and to be a positive influence on people. I’d also prefer to not suffer great pain in passing.

But I know where I am going. I may not know much about heaven but I know it will be amazing. I am confident that God will preserve me here on earth for as long as needed to accomplish His purposes.

And, yes, I do believe God can keep me alive for as long as He wants.

One interesting thing about that quake in 1989. It happened at a the height of rush hour, but right at the beginning of a baseball World Series game in which the two local teams were playing. A huge number of people had gone home early. Traffic on the Cypress Viaduct and the Bay Bridge was much lighter than usual – when they collapsed.

I know that God could step into my circumstances at any time. I am also confident that I will go to heaven when it is time.

So let the ground shake. I will not be shaken from my faith.

Do you know the confidence that comes from having total faith in Jesus?
Are you willing to let Him step into your circumstances?

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