To be in the midst of a strong earthquake would seem to be a terrifying experience.   David vividly describes an earthquake in Psalm 46 when he states “though the earth give way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.
Do you remember a time in your life when the very ground you walk on, was yanked out from under you as sudden unexpected circumstances suddenly swallowed you up?  Storms in life such as a loss of a job, the death of a loved one, a major illness or a critical condition threaten to undermine our very stability.
Just yesterday, an earthquake rumbled (again) into Erin’s life, and therefore into our family.  Erin is an author.  Her book, “A Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby” will be released in March.  Erin knows what being pregnant is like from angles most moms have not even heard of.    From emergency cesarean sections and miscarriages to hyperemesis gravidarum and violent reactions to nausea medications, being pregnant is far from an easy experience for my daughter.   Normally healthy, she is in and out of the hospital during the long nine months she endures to have a baby.  When pregnant Erin says “I don’t feel right today” we have learned to get her to the Ob Gyn. Yesterday was such a day, resulting in another rushed ride to the hospital because her symptoms and blood work strongly indicated a Pulmonary Embolism ( the leading cause of sudden death in pregnancy).  The  CAT scan showed no signs of a blood clot in her lungs however.  For reasons we may never understand, Erin goes through storm after storm to have a baby.
We are tempted to ask “why”, but I have learned instead to ask “What is this for?”   At the very least Erin is granted lots of experience to write about.  At a deeper level however, I notice that fear has lost its grip on my daughter.  She is less anxious and more at peace.  She is losing her ability to panic.  In the midst of discomfort and disappointment, in the midst of numerous life threatening emergencies, she is learning to turn to God where He alone can shield her.
We don’t lose fear unless we have to face it.  I used to have an unhealthy fear of car wrecks.  Then one rainy evening on interstate 35, our small car was hit from behind by large white van, sending us swerving into the guard rail, only to be hit again by the van which crashed into us and then rolled over us.   Stunned, I looked around at the four passengers. We were all fine. No one was injured. God had taken me into my worst nightmare and carried me through it.
Not a “butler in the sky” who gives us what we want, our God is mighty and loving, offering us greater things such as peace and resiliency.  Psalm 46 starts out with an earthquake and ends with the command to “be still and know that I am God.”  David wisely portrays that resting in God is our best shield against the storms we face, whether they are large in scope or merely the “mini storms” we encounter in daily life that can undermine us drip by drip.
Resting in Him is what dispels our fear, as we grip tighter to Him than to our problems.  Attached to every situation we find ourselves in is also the promise of provision from our heavenly father. Magnify Him and not your problems and you will discover that He really is your All in All.
(This blog was inspired by the booklet The Language of Promise by Graham Cooke)