Today I read in a recent Time magazine article that the earthquake which hit in February actually changed the length of the day. It was February 27th when the nation of Chile was surprised by a quake measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale. Apparently, it was strong enough to be recorded by NASA as effecting the position of the Earth’s axis. Literally rearranging the angle and trajectory of the Earth, the earthquake made the day chronologically shorter.
The power of nature is rather impressive.
“Then he was told, ‘Go, stand on the mountain at attention before God. God will pass by.’ A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn’t in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper.”- 1 Kings 19: 11-12 (The Message)
And God was in the whisper. Nature may roar with power and violence, yet God comes in the stillness and peace of a whisper. Perhaps, when we see the potency of destructive nature, we should recall the beckon of God in his soft, loving, and placid presence. After all, it was his whisper that brought about the earth in the first place.