Here is part of today’s New Testament reading, from Acts: ‘About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and every one’s fetters were unfastened. When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul cried with a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas, and brought them out and said, “Men, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their wounds, and he was baptised at once, with all his family. Then he brought them up into his house, and set food before them; and he rejoiced with all his household that he had believed in God’.

The earthquake in this account recalls two other earthquakes, one at the crucifixion of the Lord, and the other at the resurrection, both of which are recorded in the Gospels. They herald, in cosmic terms, a mighty event. The truth about Jesus can indeed cause an ‘earthquake’ in our lives, the complete reversal of all that is familiar and taken for granted. But let us trust Him and His purpose for our lives, surrendering into His hands our whole selves. May God bless you in so doing.