Day 2 – And Then The Earthquake Hit

Day 2

Matthew 28: 1-3


Ever been in an earthquake? The worst I’ve ever experienced happened when I was a student living in Toronto. I felt the apartment shake. The plates rattled and the floor shook, but then I went on with the day.

My guess is your day didn’t start with an earthquake (at least I hope not). It probably started like any normal day.

Just like Mary’s day according to Matthew 28:1. “Early in the morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary…went out.

But it wasn’t just another day. The earth shook. Then there was an angel. And the grave was empty.

And there was news: Jesus isn’t dead. He’s very much alive.

Unlike my earthquake experience, Mary couldn’t go on with just a normal day.

Think about it: how would you have reacted if you were there? I mean you just can’t ignore a big earthquake. And the reports of a dead man walking are at least…interesting. And for many, the reality of Jesus’s resurrection became life altering.

It should be that way for us too.

Sure it’s Tuesday. But this isn’t just any other day. We’re living in the age of a resurrected Saviour.

I know you don’t know exactly what that means. But neither did Mary. She wrestled with it deeply, and it changed her life.

So this Tuesday – don’t make it just another day.

Jesus is alive. Let that disturb your routine. Even your routine thinking. Just the way a significant earthquake itself might.

Because when Jesus came back, he came back for you.


Belong – Because you can belong before you believe.
What disruptions have positively impacted your life before? How might Jesus’ invitation positively disrupt your week? Or your life?

Believe – Because those who belong often start to believe.
How could a change in who you’re trusting in change your life?

Become – Because everyone who believes can become someone new.
To what extent are you trapped by the ‘this is just another day’ routine so many Christians are caught in? What claim might a resurrected Saviour make on your day?

Dear God, thank you that this is not just another Tuesday. Thank you for coming back for me again today. Help me to figure out what that means for me. I ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

– by Carey Nieuwhof



  1. Tim says, April 2, 2013 at 5:42 am

    Feeling very blessed and humble

  2. Trish says, April 2, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Honestly, I don’t know what it might do but I am open to finding out. I need to learn to trust but I am not sure how.

  3. Sonya says, April 2, 2013 at 6:46 am

    I feel like Trish, not sure how to trust. I want to but then get afraid and put a wall up. If I do trust, what would that feel like? Would I be happy knowing that I’m right where I’m meant to be?

    • Carey Nieuwhof says, April 2, 2013 at 11:22 am

      This is such a great discussion. You are not alone Sonya. Many people feel that tension. You deserve big credit for trying and asking tough questions. These 40 days are all about trying things out, taking a step and seeing what happens. Kyle…thanks for sharing that experience. When that does happen (and occasionally it does), it’s such an incredible experience.

  4. Kyle says, April 2, 2013 at 7:24 am

    I remember a couple of stand out points in my life while I was seeking Gods will and trusting Him in something big and different. Specifically there was a time when I was travelling alone on a plane, with not much to do but pray or read and just hang out with God. I was thinking about the future and wondering what was ahead and then I vividly remember feeling God say to me, ” you are doing exactly what I want you to be doing right now”… was the BEST feeling ever – peace and joy like nothing else!!

  5. Yvonne says, April 2, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I am amazed that Mary was able to go out. After my first husband died, the grief was so heavy that it was hard to get up and do anything. I had loved that man and he had loved me and following his death, there was no such thing as an ordinary day. I was forced into a new normal, one without him, which I didn’t like very much. I suspect Mary felt the same way. She had loved Jesus and Jesus had loved her. It had to have been difficult to put one weary foot in front of the other to go to the tomb which seemed so final. She did it anyways and she was blessed for it in ways she could have never imagined. I wonder if it will be the same for those who find it hard to trust. The past weighs heavily in the present. Those trust issues developed somewhere. It’s the same with grief. It doesn’t weigh heavily if the love that preceded it wasn’t equally deep. I wonder if, like Mary, somehow we find the courage and strength to just get up and go, even if we’re expecting to be disappointed, we might be surprised at what God does.

  6. Yvonne O says, April 2, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    After 26yrs of Christianity I am definitely trapped in “just another day….” Sadly, I don’t expect much. As for “what claim ……..”, I have no framework for that. What does that look like? The one thing I know is God is good and has never left me. Looking forward to journeying together.

    • Carey Nieuwhof says, April 2, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      Thanks for your honesty Yvonne. I hope this journey helps change things. I wonder if changing a few simple things in your journey might help (what you pray about, how and when you pray or some other habits). Small changes can set the stage for bigger transformations.

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