>Shaking Indiana

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Well, they have been forecasting that “the big one” is imminent. This morning it finally hit. Except it was in the midwest instead of California.

Ok, I know, it was only 5.2 on the Richter scale. But it was the first time I have ever experienced an earthquake. It wasn’t impressive in scale, but for a first-timer, it was big enough.

I was at work, on the fifth floor of St Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. I was standing at the nurse’s station when the floor started to “bounce.” I described it to someone as “that feeling you get in a bad elevator when you reach your floor.” Except it went on for about thirty seconds. I remember wondering at the time if there was a problem with our generator or something. Then I thought, “is this an earthquake??” My next thought was, “If this is an earthquake, I should get under a doorway for safety.” Then I thought, “I’m on the fifth floor. If this building collapses, it doesn’t matter where I stand.” And then it was over. The news people took five minutes to figure out that this was an actual earthquake.

Some people will look at this earthquake and say, “See, God’s judgment is coming! It’s the end times!”. I’ll tell you, though; the return of Jesus Christ is no closer or farther away because of this earthquake than it was yesterday. What I mean is this: there is a specific point in time when the Lord will return. God has a timetable, and this earthquake may or may not be a sign of the imminence of His return. What do I see in this earthquake? A display of God’s awesome power.

Psalm 77:14-18 You are the God who works wonders; You have made known Your strength among the peoples. You have by Your power redeemed Your people, The sons of Jacob and Joseph.Selah. The waters saw You, O God; The waters saw You, they were in anguish; The deeps also trembled. The clouds poured out water; The skies gave forth a sound; Your arrows flashed here and there. The sound of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; The lightnings lit up the world; The earth trembled and shook.

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About Steve Picray

I am the current pastor of the Rapids Street Baptist Church in Adel, Iowa. Every day I commit my life to Jesus Christ. I am also a registered nurse working to support my ministry and my wife and three kids. I am a conservative Baptist. This blog is my view on life. My prayer is that, by reading what I write, you will learn more about me, more about God, and be assisted in becoming the person God means for you to be. If you have a question, just e-mail me at spicray AT gmail DOT com. God Bless!
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