“Attention please: Due to the earthquake, the train will be stopped temporarily.”
Earthquake? What earthquake? I was dozing off in the underground train to the airport when the train stopped with the sudden announcement.
I looked out the window. Dark. Surrounded by the underground tunnel.
The announcement repeated in loops, reinforcing the fact.
Somehow there’s still internet reception, so I googled “earthquake Taiwan”. Found out there’s a 6.1 magnitude earthquake somewhere.
All the passengers were quiet. Are they “seasoned, earthquake-experienced” Taiwanese? I wondered.
“Lord, help us to be safe,” I prayed in my heart.
I didn’t feel any tremors. But uncertainty hangs in the air. Will we be ok? How bad could this be? Movie scenes of people trapped in rubble flashed through my mind.
“Lord, whatever it is, You’ll be here with us to go through it,” I prayed with assurance, and to assure my heart.
Then came the second announcement: “All trains service suspended. Please alight from the train.”
Droves of people trudged out the train with their luggage. Some went straight up the elevator, while I stood there on the platform with my husband wondering, where do we go now?
The third announcement came: “All passengers, please leave the train and platform for your safety.”
We doubled it outta there. Managed to hail a Uber after no taxi was available due to the sudden surge of passengers (or those who weren’t fleecing victims with hiked-up fees). Thank God, we’ve made it to catch the flight with merely half an hour between reaching the airport, dropping off our two big cycling bags and boarding the plane! Somehow, we miraculously boarded the plane.
“Thank you, Lord, thank you, Lord, thank you, Lord,” I prayed.
The next day, as I sat quietly back home in my living room, thinking of the incident, I can’t help but proclaim, “I’m glad I have God.”
Because—who do I pray to and go for help?
When we’ve exhausted all human efforts, and our last string is frayed to a point of breaking, where and who do we go to?
For me, knowing who God is—omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (all-powerful), omnipresent(all-present); gave me the absolute, irreplaceable assurance that when things are beyond my control, God is still in control of everything. Even things I don’t quite understand.
It’s in times of desperation, when all hell breaks loose in our fallen world, I know without an ounce of doubt that He will either bring me out of it or through it. He is the only certainty in this life.
And if that earthquake day is my last day, I know where I’m heading to.
And though far from perfect, I did all I could in my life that hopefully counts in eternity.
These three truths: about the Almighty God, the death and resurrection of Jesus, and living with what really matters in mind, formed a foundation of peace in me which (when I remember to stop striving and fretting!), I fall back on time and again when things in life get crazy…or “earthquake-dy”.
Speaking of crazy, here’s a text conversation about that earthquake incident:
Friend: “Thank God for His covering! These moments feel like a lifetime when your life flashes before you.”
Me: “I didn’t have that moment. Just thinking of how to pee if we r crashed in. 🤣 (Things that goes through my mind when in danger.)
That crazy thought. And also this—God is with me. He will either bring me out of it or through it.
You know the story of how Adam landed us in the dilemma we’re in—first sin, then death, and no one exempt from either sin or death. That sin disturbed relations with God in everything and everyone, but the extent of the disturbance was not clear until God spelled it out in detail to Moses. So death, this huge abyss separating us from God, dominated the landscape from Adam to Moses. Even those who didn’t sin precisely as Adam did by disobeying a specific command of God still had to experience this termination of life, this separation from God. But Adam, who got us into this, also points ahead to the One who will get us out of it. Romans 5:12-14 the Msg
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Hebrews 13:20-21 NIV
Why Easter in 2 minutes
Jesus paid for all our past, present and future wrongs. Redeemed us. Reconciled us back to a relationship with God.
Nothing we can do will lead us to salvation. Because “all have fallen short of God’s glory”. Imperfect man can never meet the perfect standards of God.
No good deeds will ever be enough. No one is good enough. None. Because when sin entered the first man and woman Adam and Eve, we all have fallen. Satan deceived the first man that we can be our “own god”. And he continues to do so till this day.
But Jesus, by dying on the cross and raised to LIFE again, defeated Satan’s plan of dragging mankind to eternal death. For those who trust and believe in Jesus as God—death is beaten.
We can’t earn our salvation. But Jesus gave us our salvation. He did it for us. Grace, mercy, forgiveness.
It is finished.
After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled…He said, It is finished! And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:28, New King James Version NKJV
He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ Luke 24:6-7 NIV
This is why Good Friday is good. And this is why we celebrate Easter.
If this has spoken to you, here’s a prayer to invite Jesus into (or back into) your life.
I believe You died for my sins
I am sorry for the things I have done wrong in my life
Please forgive me. I am willing to turn from my way & follow Your way.
Thank you that You died on the cross for me so that I could be forgiven and set free.
I receive You now as my personal Saviour & Lord & invite You into my life from this moment. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.
Read the other articles in this Easter series
- Easter series 1/3: If Jesus writes a letter about suffering and betrayal
- Easter series 2/3: The Saturday before Easter Sunday most people ignored
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