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About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose. The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Acts 16:25-30

On January 12th, God allowed a violent earthquake to rock Haiti. He also allows earthquakes in every one of our lives. Have you ever noticed that God has used earthquakes to punctuate important times where He is working. Examples include the crucifixion, the resurrection when the stone was rolled away and increasing earthquakes as the day of His return draws near. Earthquakes, whether geological or personal, get our attention. How we respond makes all the difference.

Two weeks ago, I spent 5 days at a Christian-led orphanage in Haiti. Almost everyone I met there knew someone who had died in the quake. The orphanage director, a pastor, lost his entire house and belongings, but he led the children in praise to the the Lord who had saved their lives. Almost every day I was there the aftershocks continued. The children were all sleeping outside each night afraid to go back into the building. Our team of medical and orphan advocates brought all that we could including a few tents. A group of the middle school aged girls enjoyed one of the tents and eagerly took care of some of the very small children each night. I noticed from my first day there, that despite having almost nothing, no biological family present and still living with the terror of the earthquake, they still sang in the morning and they sang as they went to bed.

On the afternoon of the aftershock that measured 5.9,  I was sitting on a 3rd story balcony. The whole building began to sway. The children began to scream, the doctors scrambled and we all ran out into the yard. This was a very personal reminder that our lives are but a vapor and no one has anything but each breath God gives us. About an hour later, I was walking by the middle school aged girls tent and I heard some of the most wonderful singing I have ever heard.  They were singing in Creole. I leaned into the tent with my iPhone and began to record. At first, I was taken aback by the smell of the urine that was no doubt evidence of the number of babies sleeping there each night. But, as the girls sang, I was quickly immersed in worship that can only be described as pure. After a few more moments, I was able to recognize the tune they were singing….It was In His Time. Incredible. Then I realized in the midst of that praise so soon after the 5.9, that I didn’t smell the urine any more. Instead I was aware that the Lord was in that place. The thought came to my mind, that for those of us in America we think we live in such ease and comfort…..but really we sleep in tents that smell as well….unless we are praising God and living for Him,  especially when the earthquakes come.

Last week I had the opportunity to speak to the staff of FamilyLife about my trip. I played for them my recording of the Haitian orphan girls singing In His Time. You can listen to by clicking on the play button above. The neat thing is that one of our staff actually knows the author of In His Time.  Her name is Diane Ball. My friend told her about these girls singing her song and she began to cry. When earthquakes come into our lives, we should pray that the Lord will give us the grace to sing like Paul and Silas and these wonderful Haitian orphan girls.

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