Anchored in the Storm

Life involves every form of storms: squalls that pass quickly; tsunami’s that exhale gigantic waves on land before inhaling anyone or anything it chooses; tornados that obliterate one home into toothpicks yet leave the house next door unscathed .

Beyond natural disasters, storms can come in advanced health problems, an IED that explodes, a child who dies for reasons no one can ever explain, a senseless act of violence.

The Message paraphrases John 17:33 this way. “In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I have conquered the world.”

How do you take heart? How do I? Hopefully, something or someone anchors us in the deluge or through extended monsoons of pain, suffering and grief. If we have no anchor, we can be sucked into a whirlpool or be swamped entirely.

As a four-year-old, I received blisters when the hot packs on my back and the backs of both legs remained on all night. I have always thought the nursing staff too busy to check on a child who missed her parents and cried most nights. My room alone held 20 polio patients, and I could see the iron lungs lining the hallway as nurses worked nonstop. But I kept singing or humming “Jesus Loves Me” and the hymns “Blessed Assurance” and “Trust and Obey.”

I would not discover the Amplified Bible for years, but I was anchoring in Hebrews 6 because I’d been taught and believed that God couldn’t lie and His promises were true because of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Hebrews 6:19 (AMP)

[19] This hope [this confident assurance] we have as an anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it]—a safe and steadfast hope that enters within the veil [of the heavenly temple, that most Holy Place in which the very presence of God dwells],

If you find yourself struggling to stay out of a maelstrom that’s currently threatening to undo you, you need a solid anchor.

As a preschooler I grasped for relief through the endlessly lonely nights and the pain. Yet almost 70 years later, that anchor hasn’t ever broken despite the pressures. If you feel adrift now, anchor your time to read one of the Gospels during Lent. You’ll not regret it.

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