Monday, February 04, 2008

When life gets shakey.

Take the title of this blog literaly. You may have heard on the news about the earthquakes in our part of the world. Many people died and even more were injured. During our weekly bible study I received a phonecall from the Dutch Embassy, at the same time people received phonecalls from the German and South African embassy. All sending warnings to their citizens: There is a large posablility of another large earthquake or heavy after shocks. You are adviced not to be in your house between 8 pm and midnight. Fill your bathtubs in case the quake cuts of water supply to the city. Stay with your children, by the time you would be able to gather them from their rooms it may be too late.... ...Camping next to our house...
Taking it as a big adventure we pitched our tent next to our house, blew up the airmatresses and got our first aid kid, water and a few personal items in the tent. We found rocks to put behind the tires of our car to prevent our car from rolling down our steep drive way.

Though Jasmin and Yaida loved the adventure, Nani and Zoey had picked up on some of the information and cried as they feared to die. Reminding them of the promises made by the Creator of Heaven and earth himself, praying with them and singing songs, they fell asleep peacefully.

Do we try to get some sleep, do we stay up, how far do we go to get ready in case of disaster, how many times do we have pray for safety and protection, how do you prepare for the unknown?
...Zoey and Nani...
Though every little sound made us sit up straight in our tent we tried to sleep with the kids. When we woke up at the early day light we all laughed as we realized no earth quake had come.

You know you serve an amazing protecting God when...
We come to the office and receive word from a fellow missionary; at 12.20 last night another earth quake hit and Kigali was shaking for a while, about 300 people are believed to have died from it.
Yet we did not feel a thing nor was there any sign in our house of damage!!!

I am amazed at our Creator. This event caused me to fallin love with him even more than before! Another God-story to add to our book!

3 comments:

MAM said...

Wow! That's amazing. It was a good idea to let me know in what situation you were. I warned several friends to pray for you all. And yes: praying helps. Thank you Jesus.

Eric & Kyla said...

I Love it! Only God's arm of protection could do that! So glad you all are safe.

suzisnick said...

HI ASTRID & TRAVIS AND GIRLS--- KNOW THAT I AM ALWAYS PRAYING FOR YOU AND GLAD YOU ARE GOOD. I AM SO HAPPY FOR THE UPDATED PICTURES ON YOUR BLOG AND GODS PROTECTION FOR YOU ALL.
HUGS, PEACE AND BLESSING TO YOU ALL
SUE BLACKBURN