Earthquake with a Three-Year-Old

Marni’s three-year-old was coloring nearby when the earthquake started. He looked over at her questioningly, “What’s that?”

“It’s an earthquake, Matthew. Come sit on Mommy’s lap. We’re going to sit under the archway and thank Jesus for the earthquake.”

While he was getting comfortable, she began praying, “Thank You, Lord, for this earthquake. Thank You for the gentle, rolling motion. Thank You for taking care of Baby Elizabeth sleeping in her crib. Thank You for taking care of Daddy at work. Thank You that many people are talking to You right now. Thank You that we can trust You. Thank You that You are in control. We love you.  We pray in the strong name of Jesus, Amen.”

The earthquake was over and Matthew jumped off her lap and ran outside to play.

The phone rang. It was the neighbor with children the same age.  She was frantic. “The kids are hysterical!  I’m shaking. I yelled at Robby to stand under the archway and ‘DON’T MOVE!’  Then I ran and grabbed Lila out of her crib so we could sit together under the archway. The kids are sobbing. We’re all trembling.”

Marni glanced outside at Matthew happily digging in the dirt. She thought to herself, “What a difference it makes to trust God and to thank Him.”

  • LORD Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.       Psalm 84:12
  • …always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.        Ephesians 5:20


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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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10 Responses to Earthquake with a Three-Year-Old

  1. Liana says:

    What a wonderful testimony highlighting the incredible difference between the fear of the Lord and the fear of everything else.

  2. Diana says:

    My mom passed away when my son was three and I was crying and he said what is wrong mommy? I said Grandma has left us and is with Jesus. He looked at me and said Mommy, why cry, Grandma is with Jesus. Oh the trust of our little ones and how he must have comforted you as he said that prayer. The last earthquake I was working and as the earthquake rolled the hospital a person that cleans was terrified, I wanted to sit where I was but the nurse in me jumped up and went and comforted her. Thank you for your post.

    • Kathleen says:

      Thank you Diana for sharing your sweet stories. I can see you are allowing God to work through you. I believe you are more of a blessing to others than you ever realize.

  3. Mark says:

    amen, what a difference indeed! God bless!

  4. Susan says:

    Children sense the feelings of parents. Often they react more strongly to that than the situation. This child was learning at an early age to go to the Lord with every situation and to trust in him and to praise him for everything. What a wonderful legacy to pass on. Praise be to God, we can trust him in every situation for He is in control.

  5. Achama says:

    What a lovely story. I pray for true grace to be able to stand with such faith during hard storms of life.

    Thank you for sharing. BTW is the story real?

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