Shaken

19 12 2012

“’Though the mountains be shaken and the hills removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” – Isaiah 54:10

Ever feel like the rug has been pulled out from under you? The phone rings, the mail arrives, the news interrupts, the door closes, the tests come back, the mountains shake, the hills move, and the world shifts. What you once counted on for sure footing feels shaky. What was once safe and dependable now holds fear.  You lie flat on your back, the wind knocked out of you, wondering how you will survive the pain in your heart.

This promise in Isaiah is centuries old and yet speaks to my deep need in this moment. No matter how the landscape around me changes, no matter what shakes my world, God’s unfailing love is constant. I can depend on His peace. I can rely on His presence. I can trust His power. He is sure and certain and true even when the rest of the world has turned upside down.

Today this promise is especially sweet. No one plans on the foundations shifting. No one expects the ordinary to be pierced with tragedy, or our worlds to turn upside down in a heartbeat. But they do. In those moments when we are disoriented by doubt, plagued by pain, surrounded by suffering, and overwhelmed by uncertainty, God speaks His love into our lives. He whispers hope, extends grace, and covers us with compassion.

My Jesus Resolution today is to hang on to God’s hand and His promise. Shaken is not an if, but a when. The moment will take us by surprise, leave us breathless and beaten, but it doesn’t have to be our undoing. Even if everything around me falls apart, God will still be there. Even if all that is familiar suddenly vanishes, God still loves me. Even when my worst fear becomes my reality, God holds me in His hand and promises to never let go.


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19 12 2012
Bonnie Massey

We received just such a phone call two years ago. It has been very difficult, but knowing that God is faithful has kept us going. Even though I do not know your specific need, God does and I will be praying for you. Bonnie

21 12 2012
Carol Washburn

You have given so much of yourself sharing God’s will, purpose, power and grace through your WOW. We here in Port Angeles are into lesson 5, Immeasurably More; and your words and Jesus Resolutions have helped strengthen and comfort us during these difficult events occurring in our Nation and in our families. I just wanted to thank you and let you know you will always be in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. Carol Washburn

1 01 2013
Vivian Carpenter

I was a little slow in reading this post, but I am so glad that I did finally take the time to do so.  Five years ago, January 5, 2008, my husband was in a very tragic accident and became a quadriplegic, paralyzed from about mid-chest down.  He spent 8 weeks in the Intensive Trauma Care Unit literally clinging to life, and then another 8 weeks in the Rehab Hospital.  During that time and the years following, I literally don’t know how I would’ve survived without the enveloping comfort of God.  Thank you for sharing this scripture and reminding me of his steadfast love!

Waldo and Vivian Carpenter

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