“For thus says the Lord of hosts: “Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land;” Haggai 2:6
I was standing at the copy center waiting patiently (it doesn’t help to be in a hurry at the copy center. And you must go in knowing that what should take two minutes, will take at least thirty).
The overwhelmed copy girl kept setting copies of my project in front of me and scurrying away before I could respond. She did ask if they were okay, but I was confused. I asked for scans, not copies. I kinda nodded my head in agreement.
After what seemed like an eternity – an inordinately long time, given the nature of the job, which was to scan four drawings and put them on a thumb drive – she scooped up the copies and went to scan them.
“Oh, wait!” I exclaimed. “That’s what the copies are for? Those are way too dark. They don’t look anything like the originals.”
At that, she came unglued. She was angry and offended. I was shocked and bewildered. I ended up leaving without my scans (and without lashing out at her). In her world, I was a terrible customer and had wasted her precious time. In my world, she was horrible at customer service and didn’t communicate very well.
We were both shaken.
Maybe this isn’t exactly what the Lord of hosts had in mind when He declared that everything would be shaken, but isn’t it? Hebrews 12:27 quotes Haggai 2:6 and says,
“Now this, ‘yet once more,’ indicates the removal of those things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.”
Which of the attitudes in my heart – and in the copy girl’s – needed to be removed? Any that were not of God, about God, or in God. Hebrews 12:38 says,
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.”
The Lord of hosts lets us go through shakings such as these so we can shed the negative mindsets that lurk in the shadows of our hearts. We are kingdom people, and our kingdom is unshakable.
All the little shakings are preparing us for the bigger ones that will inevitably take place, like losing a job, losing a loved one, tragedy, and potentially large-scale economic and political upheaval. Their purpose is to establish us in the unshakable kingdom of God.
The day-to-day shaking is meant to prepare and teach us to latch onto the kingdom and not let go.
Father, give us the grace to dwell in Your kingdom of love in the midst of quake inducing situations. And Lord, help the copy girl forgive me and send her some help! In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s talk about it:
Since shaking is meant to help us hold tighter to the kingdom, what type of situations press you toward that mark?
Which ones reveal your need to increase your grasp of the kingdom?
Are you going through a difficult shaking? If so, how is the unshakable kingdom being revealed?