Psalm 16:8: “I keep the Lord in mind always. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”

It’s one of these no-good-really-bad days. Everyone has them – hopefully not too often, but we do experience days when something happens that pulls the rug from underneath our feet. We stumble and fall, naturally. We feel sore and heartbroken. Instead of the predicted rainfall we’ve got some tearfall going on. Once those tears start falling it’s hard to stop crying.

I’m speaking for myself of course. This morning was such a no-good morning. Our cat threw up. Everything she ate, everything she drank found its way out. We had vomit on the bed, vomit on the floor, and this little poor thing, a shadow of herself, crawled into our bedroom closet and rubbed her face into one of our shoes. Sick as she was, she just loves our stinky feet.

I cried all the way to the doctor. Our cat is in her senior years, so I’m half suspecting this will be our last trip to the vet. Well, it wasn’t, but perhaps her next to last trip. Who knows!

It’s in moments like these, crying like a baby, that a Bible verse like the one in Psalm 16 makes sense to me.

“He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”

A salt shaker is created to be shaken. How else would one gain access to the salt? Life on Earth is set up to shake us up. How else would we gain access to the Rock of Ages? He is the reason we hold on. We’re shook by life-changing events, but we are not shaken to the core. Our core being knows that the last word hasn’t been spoken. This is not the end of a story, but maybe it’s a new beginning.

The Rock of Ages provides us with one precious commodity: Hope – that’s the one thing we all need. Take hope away from anyone, and we’re bound to die.

If up is up and down is down, then it doesn’t matter whether or not our world is turned upside down. We still look up. Life maybe hell, but there’s still heaven. There’s madness happening all around us, but there’s sanity of mind in a quick prayer. There’s bad things happening but there’s good things happening also. We might not see it at this very moment, but with God operating behind the scenes there’s good things happening every single hour.

Keeping the Lord in mind is keeping His goodness in mind, especially in times of adversity. Keeping Him in mind we will not be shaken.

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