Yesterday, as has been the case lately, there were a lot of minor earthquakes along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. We have felt a few of the larger ones. It’s a surreal experience when the very earth beneath you moves and rattles everything in your home as well as any sense of stability in your life. If we cannot even rely on the ground to remain firm, what else is there?
It seems that life is a constant struggle for stability. And there are many promises, but ask yourself how many guarantees do you have? Your stocks and savings? Your health? Your friends or family? The government? [Eye roll here.]
I’m not trying to depress anyone or make you doubt your relationships, but let’s be honest: Are we not just one quake away (literally or figuratively) from loss? I am not suggesting we live in fear. But instead, let’s live with eyes open to the fragility of life and the impermanence of all the things in it. If we cannot even count on the ground under our feet, how can we hope in politics or finance or any philosophy or relationship?
But there is something firm for the believer…
However, God’s solid foundation remains standing, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his.”
2 Timothy 2:19 (NET)
Though the earth shake, and mountains fall, and fortunes come to nothing, God knows me, loves me, and holds me securely. I cannot be lost. And in a world that is constantly moving and shaking and drowning and burning and fighting, that’s something that helps me to sleep at night. I’m His.