God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
In light of the earthquake in Haiti, I was reminded of my earthquake experience on the other side of the world. I was 40 miles from the epicenter of the 8.0 quake and have a very small window into perhaps what those initial moments were like. It is still one of the most surreal periods of time of my life.
Thinking of that time I remembered this Psalm as a help in the midst of aftershocks, in the midst of fear, in the midst of seeing so much pain and destruction.
The earth gave way. In China. In Haiti. In many other places throughout history. The creation groans and is fallen just like humanity. Yet God is our refuge. God is our strength. He is a very present help in trouble. I pray that his presence is real for the people of Haiti. I pray that in the midst of the sleeping outside due to fear of more buildings crumbling with every aftershock. I pray that in the midst of the horror of the memories of the sights and sounds of those initial moments. I pray that in the months to come when this disaster is old news and people have moved on to other things.
The Global Aid Network, a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, is working to help the people of Haiti. Consider supporting them as they support people in need there. http://tinyurl.com/ybyyfh8