When the Earth Shatters

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R.E.M. sings, It’s the End of the World as We Know It.  That song led off the film Independence Day, a movie about an alien invasion which threatened to annihilate humanity and destroy our world.  Since then, I have been known to sing that line to folks when disaster strikes.   I must admit it is fun to get a room full of teens questioning the future before we would discuss current events.

During the recent flooding, I did my normal routine and for the first time was shut down by a young lady.  She reminded me that the world was not going to end by flood, but by fire and there were several things which had to happen first.  I was impressed!  She knew her Bible. This teen had a strong faith and was bold enough to stand on the truth.   What a witness to her classmates and the school staff.

There are times in our lives in which we may feel our world is coming apart.  There are even times when life as we know it ends as we undergo major change.  Some of those endings are times in which we celebrate such as graduations, weddings, births, etc.  Other times, the life altering changes are times of mourning loss of friends, family, jobs, etc.

During those major life changes, we can have the same confidence of that student.  There is a better song to sing in times of turmoil.  I remember singing it as a boy in church.  Its lyrics say, “I don’t know about tomorrow I just live for day to day. I don’t borrow from the sunshine, for its skies may turn to gray. I don’t worry o’er the future for I know what Jesus said. And today I’ll walk beside Him, for He knows what lies ahead. Many things about tomorrow I don’t seem to understand, but I know who holds tomorrow, and I know who holds my hand.”

When our worlds begin to shatter, we need to hold onto Jesus.

Bonus:  Here is I know who Holds Tomorrow by Alison Krauss

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