Isaiah 28:16 (NIV)
So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.
On Sunday morning, January 9, 2005, Rebecca Swainston’s world literally caved-in. Her home on Springbank Avenue in Orange City Florida, the first home she had ever owned, slipped into a sinkhole that day.
It began at 7 a.m., the earth cracked open beneath Swainston as she fixed her son’s bottle. She found her front door jammed, its frame lodged in the ground.
She got her son Allen out first, and her animals next. She moved the Jeep and leaned on a tree across the street, watching her twenty-five year old house slowly slide into a 120-foot-wide, 40-foot-deep sinkhole. Less than an hour later the house was destroyed. Half of her neighbors’ house and a good part of the neighborhood were also destroyed.
Hysterical from the events, Swainston had to be sedated by emergency workers.
“It’s a large sinkhole, but it’s a fairly typical sinkhole” said Volusia County spokesman David Byron.
A year later, Rebecca reflected on the disaster. The sinkhole "has made me alert to what's really important in life," Swainston says. "Not stuff. People. My son."
In this world, everything can be lost from our grasp except our assurance in Jesus Christ.
Dear Lord, thank You that You are our firm foundation and we can never be separated from You. Help us share that great joy with someone today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.