There are several things in life that are meant to be shaken, not stirred.
Take Shake-N-Bake for instance. I mean, you literally have to shake up that delectable piece of chicken in a plastic bag filled with the coating. Stirring is simply not a legitimate alternative.
Or what about mixing formula in a baby bottle? I don’t know many folks that have had much success with stirring formula. Shaking is easier and more efficient, so why not?
And of course we can’t forget good ol’ 007 James Bond’s love for shaken, not stirred martinis. (Fun fact: I’ve never had a martini, shaken, stirred or otherwise.)
But on the flip side of the shaken, not stirred… what about things we don’t want shaken?
Soda cans. Definitely not good when shaken up. Or a rope bridge when someone is walking across it. (I’ve been there, done that, got mad, fell off.)
But probably the biggest thing that we want STIRRED not SHAKEN?
This idea came to me kind of by accident (via the Holy Spirit) the other day during my quiet time. Satan was all up in my grill. I was writing in my journal, letting the words flow. I paused to read the sentence I just penned:
“GET BEHIND ME SATAN, MY FAITH WILL NOT BE SHAKEN.”
Wow. Good stuff Jesus. Thanks for that one! WHOO! Well, that powerful message didn’t stop there… later that day, I shared the thought with my husband. Right after I finished the statement, I kept talking. (I know, you don’t have to act surprised.) But what came out of my mouth next also shocked me:
“I SHALL NOT BE DETERRED, BECAUSE MY HEART HAS BEEN STIRRED.”
Good grief. Semi-profoundish Holy Spirit words twice in one day? I was a little overwhelmed.
I have sat with these phrases for a few days and obviously they have not left my brain. (Or my heart.) I was certainly moved by these thoughts and considered that maybe you would be too.
“GET BEHIND ME SATAN, MY FAITH WILL NOT BE SHAKEN.
I SHALL NOT BE DETERRED, BECAUSE MY HEART HAS BEEN STIRRED.”
Just sit with that for a moment. Let it sink in… What does it mean to you? How can you embrace the concept of letting God strengthen your faith and ward off the enemy through stirring your heart? In what ways has your heart been stirred lately? I would love to hear your answers to these questions– leave a comment below.
We all have a choice. We can let our circumstances or trials shake us up, turning us into a figurative exploding can of soda or shaken martini. OR… we can submit to God by letting Him stir our hearts daily through His loving presence and grace.
Then and only then can we quench our thirst with the Living Water through a faith that is stirred, not shaken.. Oh, and served on The Rock.
Drinking Him in,
“I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” ~Psalm 16:8