Friday, April 18, 2008

The Earth Tremor

"When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants,
it is I who keep steady its pillars."
Psalm 75:3

What a surprise to be awakened at about 5:30 this morning with the bed shaking and my lamp shade clinking into the wall! My first thought was: "What is going on with the furnace?!" And then I began to wonder if it was something bigger than the furnace.

It's funny, I remember my first "earthquake experience" when I was about 3 or 4. We lived in Vermont and one night there was a tremor. My parents' first response was: "There's something wrong with the furnace"!

Later, we lived off the Rift Valley Fault in Uganda and it wasn't uncommon for there to be tremors now and then. The funniest incident happened one evening after my parents and a group of adults had been talking about the subject of "demons". That night there was a pretty strong tremor and you can imagine where those adults' thoughts went to first!

Although our tremor this morning was small, it still was an awesome experience. It was something so "outside" myself, totally beyond my control. There was nothing to do to stop it, run from it, get away. It was a reminder to me of God's incredible power and the amazing way He designed this earth to function.

Michael and I were glad the kids never woke up! He's sure we'd never get them to sleep for a week after that!


Shannon Koons said...

And I slept through the WHOLE thing.

Andrew said...

See Alaina's post on this, too - it's rather funny. Did you feel the second quake this morning at 11:15?

SueJ said...

Where are you? I thought you were more mid-west? Are quakes common (sorry -Geographer present!). We actually had a significant(ish) one in the UK a couple of months ago but I slept right on through!