Three BIG booms.  Then came the rapid-fire explosions…and a 30 story high-rise condo in West Palm Beach came crashing down on Valentine’s Day.  It was over in 10 seconds.  All that was left was a 40 foot tall pile of rubble and a big dust cloud.

And the crowds cheered. 

They cheered because they knew it was coming.  They knew someone was in control.  They knew that an experienced implosion team had carefully set the hundreds of pounds of dynamite, calculated the blast and made sure everyone was out of harm’s way.   They knew that in a few months, the pile of rubble would be gone and something newer and better would take its place.

We don’t cheer when things come crashing down or fall apart unexpectedly.  We can’t put them on our calendars, plan viewing parties and count down the big moment.  But as believers we can have the same assurance that Someone indeed has been in control.   God has known precisely what was going to happen in our lives and when it was going to happen since time began.  He has known about the literal earthquakes, and He’s known about the tremors in our lives that rock our worlds and bring dreams crashing down.  And while we haven’t been able to plan for them, He has – and He’s waiting to see if we’ll trust Him.  The rubble and the dust cloud might remain for a while,  but when they clear God promises something newer and better in their place.

Do not consider the former things, nor consider the things of old.  Behold I will do a new thing.  Now it shall spring forth.  Shall you not know it?  Isaiah 43:18-19 (NKJV)

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.”  Revelation 21:15 (NKJV)