Author: Loyd Jenkins
On Christ the Solid Rock I stand. All other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is sinking sand.
Hearing the news of the earthquake in Ecuador, I felt a familiar sympathy for the people and families that fell victim to that tragic, life-shattering disaster. As I began to pray for them, I started to try and empathize with their situation—which honestly I could not do with any success. I’ve never experienced an earthquake nor the complete loss of my home and possessions, let alone my wife or kids seriously injured—Lord have mercy.
Imagine having the very ground beneath you shake violently. It’s not a ride you can get off. It’s not a storm that you can find shelter. And no matter where you think you might try and run to find safety, the ground beneath you still shakes. You are not in control and you feel an overwhelming sense of how very small we, as humans, really are. If there was anything in this world you could count on, it may be the solid ground beneath your feet. But in a moment, when the ground shakes, that innate certainty of the solid ground beneath you might give way to prolonged apprehension. Prolonged because there is no earthquake season that can be anticipated.
So much of who we are is about being grounded, having a sense of stability and purpose and being safe and secure in the world we live. Earthquakes are tragic and create enormous hardships and uncertainties, and greatly disrupts any sense of being grounded. There are a lot of people in this world that cope with tragic situations, the loss of loved ones and confusion about what to do or where to go.
We, as the church, are called to serve one another and to spread the Gospel of Jesus. He is our solid foundation and the rock on which we stand, even when all other ground may be sinking around us. These natural disasters that we hear and learn about are not situations in which to be hands-off. In stark contrast, they are situations that give us opportunity to stand and put our love and faith in action. Not everyone is able to jump on a plane and go pull people out of rubble, or rebuild homes, or run a clinic. But we can all pray! There is power in prayer, and there is power in God’s people coming together to pray. We can also partner with organizations, like ours, whose mission it is to serve and save lives in situations like this.