For thus says the LORD of hosts,
Once more in a little while,
I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea also and the dry land.
I will shake all the nations; and they will come with the wealth of all nations,
and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the LORD of hosts.
The devastating earthquake in Japan almost a year ago could have been anywhere on the earth–and it has been at one time or another over many millenia. We happen to live on uneasy soil. Previously the devastation has been in Chile, Haiti, Sumatra, Philippines. It could have been right here in the earthquake prone and long overdue Pacific Northwest. We tread carefully, wondering if with the next step, the earth will rise to meet our feet, alive and seething.
There are many interpretations about what this might mean. Some imply it is judgment. Some dismiss it as simple relief of seismic pressure, building since the last major earthquake in the area in 869 A.D.
The Lord controls what happens “once more, in a little while.” It is a reminder we are only along for the ride; we don’t do the steering, and we’re not in control of the itinerary or the timing of the destination. We are shaken awake, not out of judgment (which has already convicted us all), but with the shattering realization that our rescue is at hand.
We must reach out and hang on tight, once more, in a little while.