What would you do in an emergency? In a disaster? I had the opportunity to ﬁnd out when a killer earthquake struck our home in California. It was early in the morning, and I was home alone when the ground began to buckle and crack beneath my bare feet. I panicked as I raced for the door in blacked-out darkness.
Then Psalm 46:1-3—verses I had memorized—came into my heart, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” Sounds like an earthquake to me! I knew God’s presence immediately.
Jesus tells us not to panic but to pray instead. If you spend time bringing your daily questions and worries to God, you’ll be prepared to rest in His strength when the things around you shake, shudder, and quake.