Shake vigorously then take!
Then the earth shook and quaked; And the foundations of the mountains were trembling. And were shaken, because He was angry. Psalm 18:7 (NASB)
By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.
While taking in my morning walk and meditating, a song was playing from Pandora’s music box that created in me a harmonic stride. While engaged I heard a verse that said; “Shake, then take.”
The song went on to explain the association between how we experience difficult times for God’s purpose and preparation for a rejoicing.
The lyrics pointed out to the need for shaking up liquid medicines before we consumed them so that they may work properly.
This analogy of shaking up the meds before consumption was a metaphor for how God sometimes disrupts things in our lives to make us uncomfortable when we have become too at ease with things that will lead us to a no good end.
When you take into account the happenings of your lives, I’m sure somewhere you have been shaken and moved to a point of absolute disbelief and total confusion; if you haven’t then pray that you don’t.
Mortified, once shaken would make it extremely easy for one to become disconcerted and withdrawn.
Not understanding and overlooking the plausibility of the need to be stirred up can equate to a violent eruption of uncontrollable emotions and a state of mystification and loneliness.
No it’s not a James Bond martini-”shaken and not stirred”; it’s real life coming at you.
In stories throughout the Bible as well as today’s events, there are many well documented episodes where, after a well shaken experience things were replaced in decency and in order.
Where there have been experiences of a shaking i.e. “but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.” Luke 17:29 (NASB) “So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive.” Genesis 7:23 (NKJV)
Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; and leading him by the hand, they brought him into Damascus.
Acts 9:8 (NASV)
From each of these stories something good prevailed.
I do believe that three miracles occurred after taking the medicines that resulted from the most horrific divine shaking which transcended from the beginning of time.
These phenomena had to be ordained and prescribed by God because there is no way that man could have allowed it to happen.
These three miracles are: Black folk who survived slavery; Warriors for freedom to include Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi and the first Black President of the United States of America.
We need a medicine shaken and not stirred.
“And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heaven.” Hebrews 12:26 (NASV)
“WHEN GOD IS SHAKING AND SERVING THE MEDICINE, I WILL TAKE IT.”