Even an Earthquake

Even an EarthquakeIt was Friday afternoon, March 28.  I was praying for a non-Christian friend: “Lord, show her trusting in anything besides You is disastrous.  Use any means necessary to dissipate her trust, hope, or confidence in anything other than Christ.  In whatever way You desire, reveal to her the Truth.  Use literally anything to draw her to Himself.”

Unnaturally to me, I asked for God to use disastrous circumstances to draw her to Christ.  I even prayed for – gulp – an earthquake.  The circumstance I so very much dread.  The situation I hate to endure or hear about.  The incident that causes me to be anxious.  Did I seriously just ask God for an earthquake?!  Possibly my heart skipped a beat; maybe I started breathing heavy; perhaps I recalled my anxiousness associated with this disaster; but did that stop me from praying for it to take place?  No, hilariously, humorously, and shockingly, it didn’t.

When I was younger, I read in the Bible where Jesus says about the end of times, “…There shall be earthquakes in various  places…”  which made me think: “Earthquake = earth is ending right now = Christ is coming back immediately + I’m not ready =He’s not taking me!”

In my mind, I wasn’t “good enough” in my Christianity, in my following God’s ways, in my relationship with Him.   I was afraid of Jesus’ coming because I assumed, “If Christ returns, I’m not going with Him”, so I greatly dreaded earthquakes.  Yet, God prompted me to say, “Lord, I care so much about her soul, if an earthquake is what it takes, I’m not just willing for it to happen, I’m asking for it to happen.”

A little while later, I went to life group, forgetting all about this prayer.  After the study concluded, someone suddenly asked me, “Did you feel that earthquake?”  I responded with, “Huh?”

My first thought was, “Seriously?  I didn’t feel anything!”  Then I remembered my prayer, “Use whatever You want – even an earthquake.”  God wasted no time in carrying out my request.  It was less than five hours between my prayer and the earthquake.

However, this time, I didn’t panic.  Instead, God brought peace in my heart!  Perhaps it was because of my prayer, or maybe because “Jesus + Nothing = Everything” really began sinking into my heart.  We have been saved by Jesus and only Jesus.  Not even our diligence in our relationship with Him makes a difference to the salvation of our souls!

God so unexpectedly and quickly answered my prayer – and He enabled me not to fear.  I continued to ask Him to use this earthquake in my friend’s heart to turn her to Jesus.

The next day, I went to a Voice of the Martyrs Conference.  At the close of an afternoon session, it suddenly felt like the ground was moving.  I looked at the floor in front of me where there appeared to be a gentle wave.  It took me a few seconds to realize it was an earthquake, and when I did, my heart immediately began to race and anxious thoughts filled my mind.  I tried to give it back to the Lord but was still far from a calm composure.

It wasn’t until the next day at service that God truly gave me His peace again.  I was worshiping Him when He stilled my heart and filled me with so much joy I said, “Lord, even if the earth crumbles to pieces, I’m not going to stop praising You!!”

No matter what fears you face, don’t hesitate to boldly ask the Lord to conquer them.  And then, proclaim the wonders He does!

About Paula Gooch

I am a daughter of the King, our Most High God. He has given His all for me and so my response is to live my life for His glory and His praise! {Isaiah 43:21, "This people have I formed for Myself; they shall [show] forth My praise."} The Christian life is about a response. We don't "have to do" certain things to receive God's mercies - Christ has already accomplished all that needs to be done! But since God gave His all for us, as we soak in that Truth and as God opens our spiritual eyes, our natural response is to praise and worship Him simply because He is worthy. That is why we serve, why we love the unlovable, why we pour out - not because we are "forced" to do it, but because once we've tasted and we've seen the Living Christ, how could we not praise Him, how could we not pour out our lives for Him, how could we not lay every crown at His feet?! {Psalm 34:8a, "O taste and see that the Lord is good"} It is my hope and prayer that as you read what I write, it would draw you into worshipping, praising, and glorifying our King. Let all that I say point you back to Christ who is the Only One Worthy. My last remark is to say that in Revelation 12:11, it says the people of God overcame the devil by the Blood of the Lamb (what was already done on the Cross which we cannot do in and of our own merit) and by the word of our testimony (which is God's faithfulness in our lives). I invite you to drop on in as I share little bits and pieces of God's faithfulness in my life and I pray you leave encouraged in Christ! All because He is worthy!!! ~Paula

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