So my friend from another time (when we were both single and much younger) and beautiful place (eastern side of Washington state) writes me the other day and tells me how every time she turned around the last few days, things were crumbling . . . sometimes there was just a little rubble, but there was also a big crumbling leaving her with a huge "What now?" and "God, how am I to deal with this?"
I shared with her the "train wreck" story from our pastor's wife. What looks like a terrible thing, a train wreck to us, God sees from the mountain top and He knows what that train wreck will bring about. When all is crumbling around us, we have to chose to trust Him, not ourselves, to deal with the crumbling.
The dictionary says crumbling means to fall; to decay or to disintegrate gradually. Crumbling in our lives is the result of God shaking us. He is way ahead of the enemy, whose intent is to destroy. In Bait of Satan by John Bevere, there are five reasons for shaking an object:
1. To bring it closer to its foundation
2. To remove what is dead
3. To harvest what is ripe
4. To awaken
5. To unify or mix together so that it can no longer be separated
So what do you do when you are being shaken and your world is crumbling all around? Pray that your faith will not fail . . . that's what Jesus prayed for Simon Peter in Luke 22:32 "But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers." John Bevere points out that "When Simon Peter was shaken, Jesus did not pray he would escapse this intense shaking to the point of overthrow. He prayed that his faith would not fail in the process. Jesus knew that out of this trial would emerge a new character, the one Simon Peter needed to fulfill his destiny and strengthen his brothers."