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My friend, may I ask you a question? As Christians, do we always know when God is “shaking” us? Is it a test or is it something else? Do we have our lives always in a sense of readiness should the Lord contact us asking of us some task, some part of our day, or perhaps even more?

Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

My kids often tell me that I have SFS, the acronym they apply to a condition they call, “Shaking Foot Syndrome.” Everyone will be seated at the table for dinner and suddenly a slight tremor or vibration can be felt on the tabletop. It’s not that the water in our cups is sloshing or the food is bumping from one side of the plate to the other. It’s just a gentle shaking that continues until someone politely asks, “Are you shaking your feet Dad?” And, sure enough, my foot is tap- ping back and forth; so subtly that I’m really not aware of it at all. If they didn’t know better my kids would probably have wondered if a small earthquake was taking place. But, aware that Dad has SFS, that fear is quickly eliminated.

As Christians, do we always know when God is “shaking” us? Is it a test or is it something else?

Here’s a story: In August 2000, 118 Russian sailors perished when the Kursk nuclear submarine suffered two underwater explosions and became disabled in the depths of the icy Barents Sea. Eventually all the crew perished. Russian investigators two years later reported that the ship’s launching was behind schedule. Admirals high in the Russian Navy ordered the Kursk to sea before all construction and testing was complete. An item that did not work properly was the rescue hatch. Designed for outside rescue vehicles to attach themselves to, the rescue hatch was not installed correctly; fourteen rescue attempts were unsuccessfully made by submersible vehicles. Notes recovered from some of the crew of the Kursk indicated they survived three days after the explosions before they perished, more than enough time to rescue them had the rescue capsule and hatch been properly tested so that they would properly work. (

Often we turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking, only to learn it’s God doing the shaking. In that sense, God has SLS, “Shaking LIFE Syndrome”. He’s always moving and shaking our lives, sometimes, only in very subtle ways. So, the next time you feel your life is being shaken, don’t ask who; it’s likely God is behind it with a purpose; one that, unlike my shaking feet, ought never to annoy us, but reassure us. He’s at work and our mettle is being tested so that we CAN escape those perilous fixes we often find ourselves in. We have a God who shakes. It doesn’t bother me at all!

We pray. I thank you, my Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. In Jesus Name! Amen. (Martin Luther’s morning prayer.)

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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