Our son lives in California on one of the most active faults.
Because of this, I decided to install an earthquake app on my cell phone. The app notifies the user of earthquakes all over the world. Since installing the app, I’ve noticed how frequently they occur.
During earthquakes, a bunch of shaking goes on. An earthquake happens when two large pieces of the earth’s crust (tectonic plates) slip past one another. This place is called a fault. But nobody, not even scientists, can predict or know for sure when a quake will happen.
Like an earthquake, much of the stuff that happens in life takes us by surprise. Some things give us happiness while others we wish had not happened. Just as an earthquake causes buildings to shake and things to break, our challenges and hurts can do the same to our lives if we have the wrong focus. I have had my faith shaken many times, but God has always been with me in that place of shaking.
Because Peter took his eyes off of Jesus, the waves shook him, and he fell beneath them. But Jesus quieted the storm and saved Peter from his doubt.
The Spirit reminds me that God should be my focus-factor when my heartaches come and when pain attacks my core. Quakes will happen. Learning to trust God’s perfect loving plan for our lives takes time, but God will deliver us from our doubts as He did Peter.
When your world shakes and threatens to collapse, let go of controlling your own life and place your focus and trust in Christ alone.
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Victoria Peace Green has been a freelance magazine writer since 1994 and author since 2012. She was born and raised in Walnut Creek, California, but moved to San Antonio, Texas, in 1985. She has been a children’s leader in Bible Study Fellowship since the late 1980s. Later, she worked with children and animals in the education department of the San Antonio Zoo and developed a strong desire to share God through His creation. Her love for animals and nature brought her to write what she loves. The Institute of Children’s Literature was her vehicle to maturing her gift from God. Writing for kids’ magazines has been a forever-love in which she finds pleasure and satisfaction. Follow Victoria at http://victoriapeacegreen.com.