“Man, That’s Whack!”
I’m not new to Earthquakes. I have been through a few quakes while living in (or visiting) Southern California. The first quake I experienced, I was 12 and poolside of my fathers North Hollywood apartment complex when a medium sized (by west coast standards) earthquake hit, and I had never experienced anything like it. My Dad says, as he tells the story, that I just walked around the pool for several minutes watching the waves and the water spilling over the coping of the pool saying, “Man, that’s whack!” over and over again. “Man, that’s whack!” (It was the 80′s cut me some slack.)
When the East Coast quake hit I was on vacation, in Bethany Beach, and knew right away that it was an earthquake. The two babies, Collin and Max, were taking their afternoon nap and Rachel and the older four (yes, 2+4=6) were on the beach. I was sitting inside the beach house working on my book when the house started moving with that unmistakable feel of standing on a wood plank rolling on marbles underneath you.
I immediately tried to call Rachel because I thought, just for a second, that if the epicenter was out in the Atlantic Ocean that, however unlikely, we would be in a whole lot of trouble, but the phones weren’t working. Still concerned about the location of the epicenter, and my inability to communicate with my family, I did what anyone my age would do— I Googled it—and sure enough the epicenter popped up immediately in Mineral, VA.—Whew! (What did we do before the internet, again?)
You Never Know What The Day Will Bring!
One of my “take-aways”, stemming from the quake, is to remember that you never know what the day will bring. It was a really beautiful day outside, it was peaceful, the kids were napping and I was working on my book—bammo! Earthquake. This life is not a permanent deal, and we (I) need to be reminded to: 1. Live on purpose. (What is your purpose?) Are you living out of the most important story/things in your life? Or, are you majoring in the minors? 2. Asking/wrestling with the MOST important questions while we are alive on this planet. Who is God? Who Jesus? What is my purpose? What is my calling? What happens after this? How can I serve God and others today?
We are blessed…
My second thought is to remember and be thankful for how blessed we are! Not that merely the earthquake wasn’t bigger, but that the infrastructure, medical facilities, and communications systems here in the US are unparallelled around the world. Take a look at the country of Haiti who, already one of the poorest countries in the world, is still trying to recover from much of the devastation from January 2010 earthquake.
…to be a blessing!
I am not going to make a direct connection between recent earthquakes and the end times prophecy of Matthew 24, like some have been doing, but I am going to say that this earthquake is a reminder to us, the wealthiest nation in the world, to remember the other places that have suffered greatly and our responsibility to give back what has been GIVEN to us! If you would like to help the people of Haiti I would like you to consider checking out the organization and ministry of Community Coalition for Haiti. You can read more about their on-going ministry to the people of Haiti and can make a secure, tax deductible donation here.
Your turn! Where were you when the Virginia quake hit? Was it your first quake? What were you feeling?