In the area where we were, we heard of no serious injuries and most of the damage was relatively minor. The house where I was had roof damage and some cracks in the walls but no lasting structural damage. Once it was over, and everyone was fine, it became the subject of thankfulness, teasing, and relief. But it did remind me of some important lessons.
1. The unexpected happens. Life can change in an instant. A car runs a stop sign and lives are changed forever. A natural disaster that you never imagined. A routine visit to the Doctor that reveals a disease you never dreamed you had. The phone call that changes everything. There are things in this life that are out of our control.
2. It could always be worse… and sometimes is. We were all relieved, but it could have been so much worse. But if the earthquake had been a little more severe and if we had been a little closer to the epicenter, I would be writing a different article. Or someone else would.
3. You think about what matters. The phone calls among my friends in Mexico all started the same way: is everyone OK? The first concern was for people, not things.
4. But this whole experience made me realize one thing above all others. I am so thankful to be a Christian. If the damage had been worse, Christians would have taken care of each other. If I had died, my wife would have taken comfort in the fact that we would be together again in heaven.