«The fear of the Lord lengthens life, but the years of the wicked are shortened» Proverbs 10:27
Throughout my life I have suffered several earthquakes, especially in Mexico City. I remember each one of them with terror. Words fail me to describe the anguish, despair, fragility and helplessness felt during a seismic movement. Suddenly you hear the roar of the earth and how the buildings began to shake their walls creaking. You have to act immediately.
I remember one night I was quietly studying at my desk when suddenly he began to shake. The apartment was swaying worryingly. My oldest daughter, who was four years old at the time, ran into my arms in fear in the middle of the earthquake. When the walls began to creak, I realized that the building might collapse. We were on the fourth floor and there would be no time to evacuate him. So we both took cover under the desk. I cannot describe the profound vulnerability I felt in that place with my daughter in my arms while the earthquake passed. At that moment I begged heaven: «Save me, I perish!» Thank God the situation did not get older.
The earthquakes that I have lived remind me of my enormous fragility, how ephemeral human existence is, the elements that are truly worth it in this world. Yes, an experience of that nature helps you to place your priorities and reminds you that your life on this planet depends on divine mercy.
The ups and downs of this world distract us from the most valuable elements in life. But God has many ways of showing us our deep need for his presence. I don’t think it is necessary to suffer an earthquake to be aware of its care. However, I think it is very healthy to often acknowledge our vulnerability and how much we need our heavenly Father. When one of his sons pleads with heaven for help, the Lord has achieved a great victory in the proud human heart.
Is there an earthquake in your love life? Is your spiritual life about to succumb to sin? Or are your Christian convictions being strongly shaken? It is time to find the only one who can give peace of mind to your life and reorder your priorities. Cry out to Him right now! It is time to pray, confessing your weaknesses to the Lord, recognizing that you are fragile and vulnerable to sin.
Then He will give you the strength you need to overcome the crisis.