Sunday, March 13, 2011


'A fire broke out backstage in a theatre. The clown came out to
warn the public; they thought it was a joke and applauded. He
repeated it; the acclaim was even greater. I think that’s just
how the world will come to an end: to general applause from
wits who believe it’s a joke.'
Soren Kierkegaard

I read this on my good friend's site and thought it was an interesting one to post up!

With all that's going on in today's society, in today's world, you have reason to consider pausing for a second. Or longer...

I'll begin with an admission: I'm not taking things seriously enough, as someone cautioned me. In fact, most of us aren't. We see all these tragedies and disasters, famines and wars, corruption and morality-going-down-the-drain happening. Yet if it hasn't directly affected us, the cries of the wounded and oppressed and dying fall on our deaf ears.

Like I said, the majority of folks are not taking things seriously. Most young people are ignorant. We pause for a second, but then life goes on. However, there's MORE to what is happening than we think!

Watching the LIVE news on the earthquake in Japan and seeing the awesome and fearsome tsunami swipe through the land just made me feel all this is so surreal. But its really happening, right as I'm watching it. People are dying the very moment I'm saying to myself, 'This isn't happening. This is beyond reality.' And yet it is.

What must be shaken will be shaken.

Will we remain hearts of stone? Must we wait until we are shaken so drastically in order to wake up and turn from our ways? Will it be too late by then?

One can only wonder. Or one can make a choice.

Enjoy what can be enjoyed. Live today fully while it is today. Yet in all this, remember the One who holds the world in His hands. He who ALLOWS things to move in His perfect timing and good purpose; who shakes what must be shaken and saves the wretched beings we are.

We must take HIS WORD seriously. People wonder how can God allow such pain and disaster and unfairness. Perhaps, if I may be so radical to suggest, God is in His graciousness showing mankind a 'severe mercy' to call us to attention. And yet, you see (this further enforces my point), there are still so many people around us who are ignorant and complacent and still stubbornly clinging to their wayward ways.

Ultimately, everyone will have to face it. You've gotta take God's Word seriously. We don't wanna end up like the audience Soren Kierkegaard described.

~ J a n i e ll e B e h

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