A few days ago (October 23, 2011), a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Turkey. The damage was great. More than 2,000 buildings have collapsed and the death told is more than 400 people (and counting). It’s all a reminder of the fact that we live in a fallen world.
Perhaps the most heart-warming story came from Ercis, Turkey, where rescuers were able to pull a 2 week-old baby (Azra Karaduman) from the rubble of a five-story apartment building, nearly two days after the quake hit. Shortly thereafter, her mother and grandmother were also pulled from the wreckage alive. It was a great rescue.
This is a good picture of our salvation. We were completely helpless, until God stepped in and pulled us out of the rubble of sin. “While we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6).