It only lasted fifteen seconds.
But the 1906 earthquake that leveled most of San Francisco caused 375 deaths and left over 300,000 people homeless. Destruction and devastation were everywhere.
Tragedies occur every day - some much more significant and severe than others. But the significance of any tragedy is always personal - What impact does this particular tragedy have on me, my family, or my friends.
God is so good to us and does so much for us without our even asking or noticing, that we rarely prepare for the unwelcomed, unwanted, or unanticipated events in our lives. His gifts usually come unannounced or when we least expect them. For example - when we receive an encouraging word or are blessed with a gracious smile or compliment, it “makes our day!”
But what happens when life falls apart? What impact do “bad things” or hardships have on us or the way we feel or think when things “blow-up? What do we do or where can we turn?
Fortunately, for the Christian, there is always the Lord. And, we can turn to Him.
Jesus said, “Come unto me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest!” He offers His love when we feel abandoned, He provides His strength when we are weak, He offers His peace when we are troubled, and His forgiveness when we sin.
Prayer: How marvelous are Your gifts, Father. We are blest to know that we can come to You when any need arises and know, without any doubt that You are waiting. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28