The other night, sitting up in bed working away on my laptop, I began to feel an odd sensation of movement that was definitely outside of myself. I panicked a bit and noticed my clothes swinging slightly in my closet. Frantically, I called to my husband shouting, “I think there’s an earthquake!!” to which he ran up saying he hadn’t felt anything. I pointed to my clothes still moving very slightly. I am kind of dramatic at the most mundane situations so I couldn’t blame him for not believing me. One other time, many years ago, I had experienced a bigger earthquake but that time was soaking in the tub. Instantly, in the realization of what was happening, was equal shock (pun intended) but also horror at the thought that if the walls tumbled down, I would be found naked no matter the outcome.
This time, as well as last, I remember feeling ‘out of sorts’ and dysregulated for a few hours and days afterwards. I couldn’t really put it into words what was the exact issue. Nothing had technically happened that had any lasting negative impact from either as there was no physical damage to note from either event. What was throwing me off?
Upon further reflection, I realized my smallness on the earth. I am not in full control of my surroundings – not even the ground beneath my feet. That is beyond me. God, the creator of heaven and earth, master of all, is ultimately in control and calls me to trust in Him in all things: through unexpected shock waves within the earth and proverbial shock waves through my life.
I am not sure if you sense it or not, but there is a different kind of shift right now, not just beneath our feet but in the world. There is a shift in culture. A shift in how we relate to each other. A shift in the communication around the world. A shift in the trust of many institutions. Some people express it while others do not. Some may wish to express it while others begin to just sense it. It is like a cultural earthquake, felt by some and not others. Discussed by some but not others.
You may be feeling ‘out of sorts’ during this time as well. Whatever the outcome, Jesus is still King. Christ has already won any battle to be fought. Cling to Him in the experiences in life that may feel scary and unknown, feeling shaken. He is there to guide us and give direction. No matter what shifts may come in our life and world, God is there to give shelter and is a rock to whom we can cling.