I was bopping down the road listening to my favorite Contemporary Christian Music radio station singing along with the tunes (with the windows rolled up tight because I can’t carry a tune in a bucket.) A familiar one came on by Phil Stacey called “You’re not Shaken.” I started thinking about that title. The more I thought about it, the more it stirred my soul.
God cannot be shaken. He knows all, sees all, and there are no surprises to Him. Nothing I think, do or say will catch him off guard. The same goes for you. He knows the depths of our hearts and loves us anyway. He stands ready to forgive us and start over with no grudges. He always has a plan – the best plan for our lives.
Me? Not so much. Though I am trying more and more to rely solely on Him and lean not own my understanding, my world still gets shaken up now and then with uncertainty, especially in this economy as a freelance writer and
a widow not yet old enough for government assistance and doubtful it will be there when I do reach that age.
It makes me realize when something looms in front of me I have two choices—I can be shaken, or stirred. I can cower, wring my hands, cry and whine which, if I think about it, is so counter-productive. Nothing happens. It stagnates me, quaking in my boots as, like in an earthquake, things tumble around me. My faith, my health, my peace of mind, my trust are toppled.
Or, I can get stirred up—in a good way. When you stir, the water dissolves everything, doesn’t it? It swirls around into a funnel gaining strength. Christ is the Living Water. I can funnel my energies into believing that God will do His part if I do mine—which is to believe, let Him use me and move forward in prayer. I can swirl the part of Christ which dwells inside of me into a hydro-power to dissolve the doubts, worries and fears. Stirring is pro-active, not counterproductive. It is doing something, instead of just reacting which freezes me into non-action.
And the best thing of all is I can reach up, take my Savior’s hand which never shakes and hold on tight. Just like the song says, He is right beside me and has never left. Together we can move forward as my hand no longer
shivers but feels the power of His Hand’s grip on my life.