Living here in Southern California all of my life, you would think that I'd be used to the earth shaking every now and then. NOT!!
I would be lying if I told you that it didn't bug me one single bit to feel the earth moving for 45 seconds and wondering when it's going to stop. Or, being woken up to aftershocks to a point where I had to pray to finally calm down and get back to sleep.
My first reaction was to look at TV Boo as we colored eggs and decide whether to bolt outside or ride the waves. We decided to head outside instead of taking the eenie meenie miney moe route.
As strange as it may be, shaking produces results. It tests the foundation of where you are in life. Just when you think that you're on stable ground, a loss of a loved one, a layoff from your job, a terminal illness, or cheating spouse can start the ground shaking. How you respond to that shaking and the aftershocks after the initial shakes will determine your resilience and determination. You rise above the uncertainty, fear, insecurity and realize that this is truly out of your control. There is nothing that can be done to prevent the shaking but just ride the waves.
Then after the massive shaking comes the unpredictable aftershocks. Oh, you know they are on their way. Though not as strong as the first, they are the little things that happen like car trouble, late for work, a disagreement with your child, a stubbed toe or a sick pet.
James 1:2-4 (ESV) says 2 Count it all joy, my brothers,  when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Although I'm not saying, "Bring it on," I'm going to do my best to ride the shaking and anticipate what lies ahead.
Have you ever had to ride the waves? If so, what brought you through it?
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