Apart from canoeing as a teenager, I’ve not spent a great deal of time on boats, but I do know the importance of a strong anchor when faced with a storm. even when we are buffeted by the wind and tossed around by the waves, if our anchor is strong we can be sure that we can ride out the storm in safety. But not only does the anchor need to be strong, it needs to be connected to solid ground, or rock, rather than soft or shifting sand.
This week has felt very much like a storm, and many people’s anchors have not held, as they have found what they thought was solid ground to be anything but. That’s because there is only one anchor that can hold us firm in this, and other, gales of life…Jesus. He is the One Who calmed the storm on Galilee; He is the One Who in your place and mine calms the storms of sin, and death, and hell, which includes sickness and suffering such as we are seeing at the moment.
The picture above quotes one of my favourite worship songs, “Cornerstone” – great to sing in church, really uplifting. And now we can’t be together in church I find it equally uplifting and comforting to know that my hope IS “found in nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness”…to know that “in every deep and stormy gale my anchor holds within the veil.” Not only that but we have His promise that the storm will pass, but that until it does we can know His presence, strength, grace and love leading, guiding and strengthening us.
Now, more than ever, we need to hold on to Jesus, as He holds on to us. Then we can point others to Him, through the way we respond differently – peacefully – to the events around us. Maybe today you can do that for the very first time – reach out to Him and He will anchor Himself to you, not just for now but for the rest of your life and into eternity. No one else has faced the storms of sin, death and hell and overcome them but Jesus. No one loves us more than He does. That’s why we can know that He is the anchor that holds in the midst of any storm.
Make sure you’re connected. And why not right now go make a cuppa, go on to YouTube or Spotify or however you listen to music, and let God speak to you through the words of “Cornerstone.” It will do you the world of good.