by Sandy Kirby Quandt

In my life there have been times I’ve felt very alone, yet not alone. Does that make sense?

Recently, I thought about the many, many times where my world was shaken and my equilibrium was sent reeling. With a nod to the band, REM, each and every time it was the end of the world as I knew it. Although I would never be the same as a result, I could be confident I’d be fine. Maybe not in the immediate, but eventually.

I’d be fine because of the promises of God.

Perhaps you’ve experienced your world shaken, also.

You know … the things of life that hit us all. Those things we consider biggies.Tragedies and accidents. Here are just a few world-rockers I’ve witnessed either in my own life or in the lives of others.

Feel free to add to the list.


Death of loved ones. Major health issues. Miscarriages. Loss of jobs. Financial disaster. Estranged family members. Prodigal children. Unfavorable medical test results. Chronic life changing illness. Desolation of marriages. Incarceration. Broken relationships.

As I reflected on the different situations in my life where my world was rocked, I realized in all but one instance, I was physically alone when I received the bad news.

Alone, yet not alone.


Receiving bad news is never pleasant. No sir-ee.

The good news, however, is even though we may physically be alone when the news hits us, Jesus has promised his Holy Spirit will never leave those who belong to him.

When our world is shaken we need to hold onto the hope we have in Jesus that he will never leave or forsake us. It may be the end of the world as we know it, but we’ll be fine as long as Christ is the rock on which we stand.

How is that possible? God is in control and nothing reaches us he didn’t plan or permit.


When your world is shaken what do you do?

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For I know where I came from and where I am going … I am not alone. The Father who sent me is with me. John 8:14, 16, NLT

I wish you well.


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