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 when we do, it feels like a rug is pulled 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 this time, but perhaps her next trip will be.

It’s in moments like these, crying like a baby, that a Bible verse like the one in Psalm 16 speaks 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 are 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 yet. This is not the end of a story, but maybe a new beginning.

The Rock of Ages provides us with one precious commodity: Hope – that’s the one thing we all need. 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. With madness all around us there is still sanity of mind in prayer. Bad things are happening, but there are good things happening too.

Keeping the Lord in mind is keeping His goodness in mind – and in times of adversity we won’t be shaken.

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