At about 6:20 AM Monday morning, I was jolted awake by an intense trembling and loud rattling. Earthquake! Andrew was reading his Bible in the living room. We met under the bathroom doorway and the quake stopped as suddenly as it had begun. I’m guessing it was only a few seconds long, and there were no repercussions, yet it was such a scary, helpless feeling to have the ground and the entire building shaking underneath and all around me.
What was amazing to me was that in those few seconds of fear and confusion, pieces of Psalm 46 automatically popped into my head.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea.”
“The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered; He raised His voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold.”
Many years ago, while my dad was visiting missionaries in Africa for two weeks (which feels like forever when you’re little), my mom helped me and my brothers to memorize Psalm 46. In the evenings as we fell asleep, she would sit outside our bedroom doors so we could all hear her read it.
Now, 15+ years later, in a few seconds of uncertainty and (literal) trembling, those familiar words are what God brought to my mind, and they filled me with comfort and peace.
The earthquake taught me that God can powerfully use Scripture that we have committed to memory in times of distress. What motivation to hide His Word in my heart!