I stopped to pick up a Dr. Pepper on my way home from church today. The bottle sat on the counter for almost an hour before I turned the cap and released an explosion of Dr. Pepper foam. It was about the fourth time I had been splashed by an exploding drink in the last week. Since I didn’t have an idea yet for this week’s Reflection I decided to see if I could find an application in an exploding drink bottle. Here it is:
We all know the soda bottle explodes because it has been shaken and pressure has built up because of carbonation. Too much shaking builds up pressure inside of us too. We live in such a hectic, busy, chaotic world that getting shaken seems like a regular occurrence. Just like that soda bottle, we too are susceptible to episodes of exploding when we live with too much pressure.
So what do we do? How do we avoid “explosions?” In God’s Word, King David has an answer: “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.” Psalms 62:1-2
If we want to avoid exploding we have to guard against shaking. That happens when we rest in God and when he becomes our shelter and our foundation. So how do we do that? What does that look like?
“Resting in God” probably doesn’t happen in one huge step, but instead in a lot of little things . . .day after day and week after week, year after year. A few minutes reading a devotion. A quiet moment reading a few verses of Scripture. A book of devotions near the place your family eats dinner to read together. Prayer with the kids before bed. Some Christian music while working out or driving in the car. In little bits here and there . .. mixed in with weekly worship, time in God’s Word with a group of others . . . all of them together helps reduce the shaking. Less shaking reduces the chance of exploding.
And let me tell you, avoiding explosions is a good thing . . .they are really messy.