Do Not Be Shaken!

long trainOff in the distance, I could hear its roar. I encountered it often on my morning runs. I was breathing heavy as I had started up a hill that now led directly up to the tracks. There, I would meet it face to face, as it would stop me from continuing on my planned course. Being so close to the train always triggered a sense of fear, as years ago the train had actually derailed in this very area. As much as I wanted to, I could not dismiss the thoughts of it possibly derailing and crushing me under its weight as a crazy or paranoid thought.

trainsAs the train approached, it was clanking along loudly and rhythmically. It was moving at a rapid pace. The ground seemed to be shaking. Yet, there I stood watching it go by, car after car. I was not going to be afraid. It was a long train and as I stood staring at it, my mind moved onto the spiritual parallels of this train. I knew the Lord was with me and I did not need to be fearful, as a scripture came to my mind. Psalm 16:8 says, “I know the LORD is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.”

TRAINS CAN BE…

Loud

Unexpected

Scary

Trains can be likened to the trials we face in life.

amtrakcountrysideThere are the rapid moving Amtrak trains, the lengthier box car trains, and the train that comes to town and just stops and sits on the tracks with its engines running. It does not come and go quickly, but it stays and waits, until given the green light to pull out and move on. Sometimes, these are the most annoying because they are in the path blocking the way and continuing on cannot happened until they move on by. Just as these trains come down the tracks, so do life’s hardships.

Sickness

Financial crisis

Divorce

Loss of a loved one

And, all the smaller miscellaneous things that just happen, like the family dog getting hit by a car, empty cupboards, behavior challenges with the children, paying that inflated energy bill, and the unending consequences of a lost marriage, that can add up to a heavy burden for one to carry alone. But, just as that train, they all have a beginning and an end. And the Lord never gives us more than we can handle.

What are we to do when these trains of life come barreling into our own lives? God’s Word says, “Surely he will never be shaken.” Psalm 112:6. We are to stand firm in our faith, trusting the Lord and resting in Him as the train either comes and goes quickly, lingers on car after car, or sits at a dead stop. We are not to fear nor be disturbed. Isaiah 41:10 says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” That is an AWESOME promise to us, from the Lord, the Creator of the Universe!

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When hardships in life feel as though they may crush us by their weight, we are not to fear. We are not to be overcome. We are not to be shaken. The Lord God, Creator of the Universe, is to be our Strength. We are to keep our eyes fixed on Him, trusting in Him, and standing firm in our faith that He will get us through the hard times. When we stand firmly grounded in the Truth of God’s word, we will stand the duration, trusting in our Savior to work things out for our best good and holding onto the promise found in Romans 8:28,” And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

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Habakkuk 3:19

Hindsfeet“The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like Hind’s Feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine High Places.”   ~Habakkuk 3:19.

In order to follow our Good Shepherd, we must follow Him and His ways, not our ways. We may think a certain decision seems logical or right, but after speaking with our Heavenly Father and perhaps struggling and even stating our case, we find that we must deny ourselves and our will in order to follow our Good Shepherd. His path may not seem safe or even right, but we must Trust Him and His leading as He knows best the way in which we should go.

His path is always right even though it may seem difficult, painful, lonely, or just too steep of a climb. We must continue to trust Him and as we do, we will soon see that His way is showered with joy and blessing as we rest and trust in His unfailing love for us. When we are traveling with the Lord, He makes our paths straight. Matthew 11:30 says, “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” I have found this to be true in my own life. When I stop fighting for myself and rely on the Lord, life is much easier. Resting in Him, when achieved, is a wonderful place to be. When we can’t make sense of life and we can’t fix what we perceive to be a bad or hurtful situation, trusting in Jesus will bring us the peace we need to continue the climb and path our Good Shepherd has set before us.

As we continue to climb with our Shepherd we will begin seeing the beauty that is all around us on our journey. We will begin to see things from His perspective, through joyful eyes. There could be no better place to be than with our Good Shepherd resting and rejoicing with Him in the High Places, safe, secure, and at peace. Look to the Good Shepherd and ask Him to take you to the High Places. “…weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalm 30:5

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