Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.


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Wowed Wednesday–Beth Moore

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You might have heard that Okie Land has had three (can you believe it?) earthquakes since early Saturday morning. And, to be very truthful, these quakes have made it just a little hard to sleep in the House on the Big Pond.

Not that I think it’s End Of Days, but because I like the earth to be rock steady. I like it to sit still instead of quivering and jumping around. You never know when, during an earthquake, a Gap will open up right where you stand.

So I’m reading a little of Beth’s, “So Long, Insecurity” between EQs, and I come to a prayer she’s written. (What a beautiful, humble pray-er that woman is.)

You are my security, O God. You are the one sure thing. When everything around me shakes, You are unshakable.

WOW! I read it again. When everything around me shakes, You are unshakable.

Can you believe it? Here I am, all tissified over little earth tremors, and it’s like God spoke to me. “Calm Down, Susan. Take a breath. Everything is the way I want it to be.”

I didn’t write that prayer, Beth Moore did. I didn’t hunt it up because of the earthquakes. It was God’s timing, and isn’t it always perfect?

God is in control. He doesn’t change. Even when the earth is convulsing, my house is shaking and Okie Land feels like it’s about to fall off the United States along with Baja-Oklahoma into the Gulf of Mexico, He loves me. He’s my Anchor. He’s my Protector. 

He’s my Rock. 


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If Oklahomans are Okies, Earthquakes Must Be . . .

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 . . . Quakies?

I asked yesterday if you noticed the earthquakes we had. I did. The first one woke me, the second one scared me. A lot!

I talked to several people about their experiences. (I wasn’t the only one who got nervous.) Everyone who felt it had a story. Sister Debbie teaches a Sunday School class of grade schoolers. She wisely gave each one a turn so they could tell what happened at their house.

Dad was visiting his father-in-law when the earth moved, and he said they felt the quake. Even when he thought it was over, his wife told him it was still going on.

Even #4, who lives in another state, experienced the quakie.

I heard from several people that if you were riding in a car, you didn’t feel a thing. (Hi, Lori!)  Shocks will do that to you. 😉

No one I talked to had any damage . . . except me. I would be the “lucky” one. If anyone is going to have problems from a earthquake, I’m your boy.

When I went to bed, there were several items on my counter top. Three small crocks full of cooking utensils, a salt shaker, pepper grinder, a flock of metal chickens and a packet of peppers from Papa John’s.

This morning I came down stairs to find–

That’s right. The packet of red peppers had vibrated right off the counter and landed on the floor.

And that’s not all. I also found–

Can you see it? Here, look closer.

There, now you can see it, can’t you? That jar is open! See it? The one with the M&Ms in it. When we went to bed, the lid was closed tight. But after that awful earthquake, it was open.

G-Man promises he didn’t do it. If he’d been swiping candy, it would have been a butterfinger from the CLOSED jar next to it. I don’t think I was walking eating in my sleep, but you never know. I was a little disturbed after the big quake.

So now you have it. Out of the fifty or so earthquakes in Oklahoma in the last year, I’ve felt three of them. 

Dad (a geologist) informed us at lunch that the quake originated on the Nemaha Fault. (Three miles deep.) 

What’s a fault? From the US Geological Survey–

A fault is a break in the rocks that make up the Earth’s crust, along which rocks on either side have moved past each other.

You probably knew that, but they went on.

Not every crack in the ground is a fault. What defines a fault is the movement of the rock on either side. When that movement is sudden, the released energy causes an earthquake. Some faults are tiny, but others are part of great fault systems along which rocks have slid past each other for hundreds of miles.

Last night’s quake is the largest in Oklahoma history, besting a magnitude 5.5 quake on April 9, 1952. That quake originated on the Nemaha fault 

I looked for a map of the fault lines in Oklahoma to show you, and finally found one. If you’re interested, you can check it out here.

So how about it? Anybody got a Quakie story to share?


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Sunday Morning–Earthquake!

Wednesday, when I set up this post to run this morning, I had no idea that Oklahoma would have two (2!) earthquakes in the previous twenty-four hours. For an Okie, that’s a bunch!

I blamed the first quake on the dog, who normally sleeps under our bed. I’d forgotten that she’d been too lazy to get up the stairs when I’d gone to bed the night before. But the second one happened as G-Man and I were getting ready for bed.

It sounded like thunder and our house rocked for a long, LONG time. (Maybe twenty seconds.) When it started, I scurried to a doorway. I think I read somewhere doorways are the safest place to stand during a quake. But then I realized that, since we were upstairs, the doorway’s floor would probably drop out from under me, leaving a gap where I’d been, if it was really a baddie.

*Sigh* So much for fast thinking. 🙂

I’ve never lived in California or anyplace that regularly has earthquakes, but I saw the movie EARTHQUAKE! when it came out. There were big gaps in the ground in that movie. So I have to wonder if this might be a small Weird God Thing. Or maybe God just wanted to wow me.

When I saw how it came together, I really did say, “WOW!” and, “Thank you, Jesus.”

If you were in the quake zone, what did you do/think/feel when it happened?