Around 4 a. m. on Saturday February 6, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan. By now most people have heard about this tragedy.
But let me tell you what happened two days before, on Thursday February 4, around 7:40 a.m. Every morning, we gather with the kids to have a morning devotional and prayer time. We read a few verses of scripture. Then Akira and I pray over the kids and the day and finish by all praying the Lord’s Prayer, together. This morning, we gathered as usual.
Josiah was upset because he had lost his red and white P.E. hat at school. If he could not find it, he would not get seconds at lunch.
For Josiah, lunch is very important. It is his favourite “subject” at school. After the kids all get their food whatever is left goes to whoever wants it. But, a lot of kids want it. They play “janken,” or Paper, Rock, Scissors to see who gets to have the seconds. Apparently from what I hear from Josiah and Josie, too, there is a lot of yelling and shouting as they play. Winners return to their seats with smiles and food on their plates. Losers carry empty trays. Because it is such a big deal and Josiah’s class was having trouble remembering to bring their homework, Josiah’s teacher made a new rule. If you forget anything, wasudemono, you can not have seconds that day.
So this morning, Josiah was upset because he had lost his red and white P.E. hat.
We challenged Josiah to pray that Jesus would show him where the hat was. He just grumbled. Akira prayed and then it was my turn. I prayed over the kids, the usual protection from sickness and injury, and for all the students and teachers that they would know the Father’s presence that day. Then I started to pray for Josiah. I asked that Jesus would help him find his hat and that He would make himself real to Josiah. That He would show Josiah that everything that happens to him matters to Jesus. I prayed that He would make His presence known to Josiah.
Then, as I was praying we had an earthquake. It started as a low rumble sound then the floor began to shake. The shaking became stronger. And then, just as I started getting nervous, it stopped.
Akira checked. The earthquake had happened here in Kanagawa. Right where we are. He had made His presence known.
Later I remembered the verse from Acts 4, “After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken.”
Did Josiah find his hat? No. Did he get to have seconds? Yes. Did Jesus make Himself known? A Big Yes.
Jesus is making His presence known in Japan.