Is it just me or do you see a lot of shaking going on among us these days? It amazes me how so many lives turn upside down in just a matter of minutes.
Last Thursday I was driving into town to get groceries when the dark rain clouds threatened overhead. You learn to go on with life where I live in Arizona because “isolated” thunderstorms are just that…they hit where they want to and sometimes it is right before your eyes. That’s what happened in Sedona that day and the west section of town got five inches of rain in a quick downpour. Many visiting a resort lost their cars to the rage of water. I heard about this storm on the news (photo). Oddly, when I got home that day, there was not a drop of rain; I’m about 12 miles, as a crow flies, from Sedona.
This morning, my friend, Sue, sent an email about a little 8 year old boy, Sam, who lives in the Midwest. His constant knee pain last month turned out to be an aggressive stage 4 cancer and his family’s lives changed overnight.
All it takes sometimes is just one phone call to change the course of our future. How do you find consolation in these stressful times of shaking?
In Hebrews 12:28 it says: “Since we are receiving a kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshipping Him with holy fear and awe.” I find comfort in knowing the Kingdom of God is unshakable. I have an eternal hope and I’m privileged to be able to enter into God’s very presence where I can praise Him or talk to Him or just sit with Him. I’m seeking His grace because I long to serve Him with reverence regardless of what is falling apart in my life. It is hard! God’s Word is filled with promises I can hang onto for my unique situation. I dwell on them! I’m thankful for them because the enemy wants to convince me that my situation is hopeless and I’m defeated. Jesus defeated Satan with the Word and so can I.
Praise God for encouraging us with unshakable faith in Him when a whole lot of shaking is going on!