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Greetings from the Heartland, where there’s a whole lot of shaking going on. As if life was not already enough to be awakened by, and for, many of us “in these parts” were shaken out of bed not once, but twice, early this A.M.

You know the possibility is real.

You know the danger is out there.

Sometimes you can hear, and feel, what is coming your way.

You hold on.

Your heart skips a beat.

You brace yourself.

You hear the rumble and feel the vibration, then the hard stuff starts, and you sometimes find yourself praying for it to go ahead and stop.

If it’s an “aftershock”, you might even break out in a bit of a cold sweat.

Not only that: we have been having some earthquakes around here the past few days. Rumor has it they’ve always been around. The same can be said of life’s more predictable unpredictable moments.

“Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?” (2 Samuel 7:18)

We studied a little about King David with our church family yesterday, and his prayer sums it up pretty well. But, if I was in a questioning mood this morning, I might ask you the following:

How is the weather?

How are things at work?

What’s the song on your heart at the moment?

What’s on your “to do list”?

How’s the family? How are your friends doing?

Are you spending time in The Word?

Where’s your compass pointing at the moment? North, or South?

At the center of it all, you try to take measure of what is going on around you, to see where it is coming from, and to better understand the magnitude of your issues. If only life had a “QuakeFeed” application.

I’m left to wonder: why did God create earthquakes, among other things?

“Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.

And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (I Kings 19: 11-13)

There are storms.

There are deadlines, and disappointments, and stress.

There are moments of “Amazing Grace”.

The list seems to be never ending.

Friends and family are a blessing, even in times of hurt and hardship.

There never seems to be enough time. We should make it: force the issue, even.

My compass is a floater, and seems to always be spinning wildly. Thankfully, the needle always settles down, at least momentarily, to point the way North.

We are at the epicenter of life. This much is true. The question is, or should be, “what are we doing here?” Life is not to be lived out in a cave, where no one can harm us, and things won’t break, including our hearts from time to time. The beauty, the majesty, and the moments are to be lived out there.

The shaking won’t stop, but we have to not only be prepared for it, but to respond appropriately, even if the “QuakeFeed” aspect of life is retrospective, not predictive. We know where the fault lines are, what the risks entail, and that we live on earth shaken ground.

“And now, O Lord God, I am your servant; do as you have promised concerning me and my family. Confirm it as a promise that will last forever.” (2 Samuel 7:25)

Welcome to the heart land, where there’s a whole lot of shaking going on. We even have an earthquake or two, from time to time.


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