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Birds just love our pine trees.  Dozens and dozens of them build their nests there every year.  Many of them are so far up that you can’t see them well, but you can hear them all.  What a wonderful beautiful sound when they all come back in the spring.  But one type that builds their nest lower is the dove.  When you think of doves, you think of the peace they symbolize.  One would think they would want a secure and peaceful nest for their babies.  But the nest the dove builds is sloppy and poorly built, just a few sticks knit together.  The dove’s nest is located on the end tree of our windbreak where the wind whips around and tosses the branches wildly.  Yet somehow they hold on and the doves continue to survive.  Despite the seeming instability of their nest, the tree holds them up and the nest provides the shelter they need.  Doves have been making their nest this way for thousands of years. 

The psalm writer experienced instability in his world thousands of years ago.  Much like the dove, humans seem to naturally get themselves into situations where they are in some sort of jeopardy.

There is no stability in our world.  Everything is shaky and being tossed around.  As a people, we don’t know who we are any more.  There is no unity.  Leadership fails.  We are daily on the brink of war.  Government institutions seem to have lost all credibility.  Justice has her finger on the scale.  We watch inflation erode our savings away.  We are enslaved by debt.  Social structure is disrupted.  Borders are erased.  Identity as man or  woman has become uncertain.  Lies are predominant.  The news is a fabrication.  Complexity befuddles.  As the verse below states, we are tottering on the edge and it feels like we are about to go over.

“When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants…”. Ps 75:3A

In the Hebrew, the word for “totters” is ‘moog”.  It has to do with heat and getting soft, melting.  Can you picture someone holding a stick with something mushy on the end of it and describing the stuff on the stick as becoming “moog”.  On our own, we have no strength.  We all droop down and are about to fall off the stick.  What will happen to us?  The heat is intense and the hotter it gets the more we soften.  Strength fails us.  Is there nothing we can be confident in?  Is there nothing we know for sure?  Why do sound accomplishments elude us?  

It is not just the earth overall that is moog, it is also all of the inhabitants of the earth.  Every one of us as an individual encounters difficulties that melt our courage and make us feel like we are in jeopardy.  No one is immune from the heat of life.  We all, during our lifetime, encounter tremendous challenges that are beyond our strength to solve.  What will we do?  

The verse goes on to say:  “When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants, it is I who keep steady its pillars…”

When we encounter the heat of life, when we are tottering on the edge, we can rest knowing that God holds steady the pillars.  He will be our support when all else is tottering and about to fall into the fire.  Maybe things look desperate to us, but God does not change.  He is not disturbed by circumstances.  It is marvelous that He is in control of the story.  In the end when He resolves it all and puts out the fire, it will reveal how glorious He is.  We will see the purpose of it all.  He is there supporting us through the hardest, most unstable of times.  Rest all your weight on Him, He holds the pillars of your life.  When life is bucking you around, our God will keep steady the pillars.  

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Ed Brill

Mr. Brill has spent many years as a tool engineer for plastic injection molds working closely with craftsmen. This experience has given him unique insight into the character traits involved in craftsmanship. His engineering background has taught him to sort through things not readily apparent and get to the heart of the real issue. Mr. Brill has done a good deal of work on buildings, having remodeled an old house and having been on the board of trustees and then as a deacon at his church for many years. He has been a student and teacher of the Bible for many years as he serves in his local church.

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