all of us go through times in life when the walls quake around us and the earth seems to move violently under our feet. many times, the things that we thought were solid and reliable suddenly change and begin to slide away. our lives get shaken up now and then and the pressure of the shake can truly feel as if we were a bottled soda that has been tossed around several times right before it explodes.
sometimes, i wonder why things happen the way that they do. why do we go through such rigorous and often painful upheavals in our lives? why is it that our worlds have to be so rocked? i am not sure of the answers to these questions. but, i know that so many times after the shaking stops, life is completely altered from the way it was before. we try to get things back to what we have been used to. we look for misplaced and broken items and attempt to put them back where they once were, only to realize that not everything has survived the quake. many relationships can't handle difficult circumstances, and they disappear at the first sign of trouble. some material items are not hardy enough to withstand the shocks of life and they too are lost forever. there are also jobs and activities that lose their meaning when mixed in with a significant set of circumstances and new avenues must be discovered to continue to go forward in life.
when we go through turbulent seasons that jostle everything loose in our lives, what will remain intact is what was of real value and founded on truth in the first place. many times, there is not much left after the quake. but, when everything is shaken and life has seemingly been turned upside down, when people have disappointed and left you, when material possessions that have been treasured are gone, when the life style that you were living has been turned inside out, and when it looks as if there is just nothing that has survived, there is one thing that we can be sure of, something that once it becomes concrete in our understanding, we are no longer the same people ever again. it is this: when all of the dust settles and the real value is salvaged, we will always know that ....................................
"all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things remain." (hebrews 12:27)
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