Sunday, July 1, 2012

BIBLE PICK 'EMS - God "Unsettles" Me

A re-post.

Timely in its message for me - My first Sunday in my new home, in my new life.

“Will you pray for me?” my friend asked me the other day.

Fearing something terrible, I answered, “Of course I will, what’s wrong?

She went on to explain. There wasn’t any earth-shattering horror in her life. No deadly disease, no financial mishap, no terrible loss. There wasn’t any BIG thing in her life. It was just…well, her life.

She went on to explain how unsettled she was feeling, unsteady and unsure.

How previous goals seemed unclear, and earlier dreams felt unmet. How a straight and narrow path now felt crooked and directionless. How the clarity of purpose she had as a younger person, now felt blurry and indistinct. How she just didn’t know what she was feeling, what she was supposed to be doing, where she should be headed – how she felt unnerved, unsure, uncertain...

“Oh,” I said. “You mean you’re feeling life queasy.”

“What?” she replied. “Life queasy?”

“You know, that feeling you get on a boat out at sea. The pitching and rolling just has you off-kilter. A little uneasy and uncomfortable. You can’t quite get your bearings. Except you feel this way about your life. Life queasy.

She smiled. “Yeah, that’s exactly it.”

Do you ever feel this way?

Like a towel in a washing machine? All mixed up and disoriented?

It’s not a great feeling for anyone to feel, but especially for a Christian, I think. After all, we know the God of Wisdom and Purpose. We should have clear direction in our lives, we say to ourselves. We should have peace.

But we don’t – we feel distressed. We feel…shaken.

Today’s “Bible Pick ‘Ems” comes from the book of Amos, a prophet who knew a thing or two about being shaken up!

Surely Amos was a faithful man, a person whose life was devoted to God. But he was a simple shepherd and fig grower. He wasn’t the son of a prophet – not the son of a priest.

However, God had a purpose for Amos – a purpose that probably made him feel life queasy.

God took Amos from his homeland in the southern kingdom of Judah, and sent him to denounce the social and religious corruption of the northern kingdom of Israel. Amos obeyed God.

And though his message brought pronouncements of God’s judgment on Israel, it also brought the promise of restoration. Today’s verses bring a word of tremendous reassurance:

“For I will give the command and will shake Israel along with the other nations as grain is shaken in a sieve, yet not one true kernel will be lost.” (Amos 9:9)

Though these words were directed toward the nation of Israel, I think we can apply them to our lives. Sometimes God needs to do some shaking up. Sometimes He needs to “unsettle” us.

But always remember – God wants to redeem, not punish. He wants to purify, not destroy.

He wants to make us holy.

So God will always care more about our character than our comfort.

What can we hold on to when we’re being shaken?

The promise: The faithful will not be forgotten. True believers will not be lost.

God shakes those He loves.

"You have tested us, O God; you have purified us like silver."
(Psalm 66:10)

"I will bring [them] through the fire and make them pure.  I will refine them like silver and purify them like gold."
(Zechariah 13:9)

Where does God need to *shake you up* at this point in your life?

(NOTE: Comments are OPEN - I cherish your responses)

And I'd appreciate some prayers as I seek to solve my Internet *connection* dilemma next week!  If I go MIA for a bit, please know that I will find a way to return to Blog Land sooner than later!

BLOG = "Blessedly Leaning On God!"


  1. Hi Sharon,

    Again, a very apt post for me.

    Will be praying about your internet connection, we don't want to lose you from blogland for too long.

    God Bless - Nita

  2. This is vintage Sharon, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!

    I mentioned that I had become disconnected in the "Fan the Flame" post. (which, by the way is a bit unsettling of a title right now since I'm currently trying to douse the flames that my sister can see from her home in Fort Collins, CO... please pray...)

    I love the term LIFE QUEASY. That's exactly how I feel. Had I not willfully disconnected myself from friends of the faith, I would have read this sooner and been blessed.

    When will I learn?
    Gah!! I'm one seriously stiff necked Israelite.

  3. Shaken but not lost - what an amazing concept!
    Because isn't that the underlying fear that makes us uncomfortable when God shakes us up - that somewhere in the process things will get lost?

    I have become increasingly popular among the kids at my church for what one parent calls the Coney Island hug. I grab them in a bear hug, pick them up off the ground, and shake them until their teeth rattle. Most of the kids love it - they laugh until they can't breathe, but there are one or two who don't like it at all.

    And I get that - because even though they're perfectly safe, for some of them it just FEELS scary. They don't want to get hurt or fall down. They're afraid of what could happen.

    Being shaken up can be a scary feeling. But we have to remember that God has is wrapped tightly in His arm. There's no WAY He'd ever hurt us.

  4. Um . . . life queasy . . . I'm there. You described me exactly. It's been a year of this shaking and feeling like I am wobbling forward - with little confidence - and yet, a distant peace - if that makes any sense.

    One day at a time. Good advise for you, too, my friend - settling into your new digs. Thinking of you . . .


"So [I] have been greatly encouraged in the midst of [my] troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives [me] new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. How [I] thank God for you!" (1 Thessalonians 3:7-9)

Thanks for your comments - it is such a joy to be sharing my journey with friends like YOU!

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