By Jim Sim
James Bond has been a hero of mine since I was a boy. Some kids like the Marvel heroes and other comic book figures like superman, batman etc. but not me, those guys are just unrealistic.
James is more true to real life after all, with his gadgets, cars, beautiful women drooling over him, dry wit, navy seal type survival skills and MMA fighting abilities. On top of all that he has a killer sense of style and the best thing is that he does everything he does without being shaken or stirred. What a guy!
He really is totally ridiculous. And yet I still love to watch him. It is that unshakeable part I think that appeals to me the most. It just has an appeal doesn’t it? To be that cool under pressure, and extreme circumstances. To be that steady, focused, quick, and triumphant regardless of the overwhelming odds against overcoming.
I have been shaken and stirred way too many times for my liking, and they often combine to make me feel as if I am going through a personal inner tornado. I have felt rattled, afraid, anxious, hopeless and at wits end, all at one time and I hate those moments. Mr. Bond could not possibly relate. Can you?
Training ourselves or hoping to advance our life skills to avoid such shakings is probably a wrong investment of our mental, emotional and spiritual resources. Here is why. “Everything that can be shaken will be shaken, so that what cannot be shaken will remain.” Book of Hebrews.
God likes to shake things up, and let me be clear, not everything that is shaking you was God’s idea or initiation, but He will use it. And He likes to use it.
Sometimes it really was His idea, and it is very deliberate, noisy, scary, and unsettling. When you have inner turmoil it’s not normally a lot of fun.
If we take the simple example of those old movies we’ve seen of people sifting for gold, what are they doing? Shaking a tray to separate the mud, rocks and rubbish to find gold. And there you have it, when life shakes you God has the intention of getting rid of all the junk and leaving you with the gold.
There can be a peaceful, happy, content, fulfilled you; even, and especially in the midst of the shakings of life. Not just when it is all finally over.
God isn't shaking you for some sadistic enjoyment of watching you run for cover.
He allows and He creates a good shake so that you can end up purged of the temporary and invaluable things that have no real meaning for a deep significant life, so that what remains, is the real you, with Him as the only source of life and happiness. And an eternally-minded unshakable, unstirred soul that walks on through life ‘abounding in every good thing’.
“Fear not” when you’re shaken or stirred, don’t try to play it cool Bond style. There is gold in you and your Father is helping you find it.
Ask God this: “Father, will you show me the gold in my life, the treasures that seem hidden that you have always known were there. Help me discover them in the midst of the shaking. I trust you.”
and enjoy the peace of his presence.