Day 292 –
Set your anchor before the storm, so you won’t be driven to a place of no hope.
Acts 27:13-15,18-20 “Now when the south wind blew gently, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, they weighed anchor and sailed along Crete, close to the shore. But soon a tempestuous wind, called the northeaster, struck down from the land. And when the ship was caught and could not face the wind, we gave way to it and were driven along. Since we were violently storm-tossed, they began the next day to jettison the cargo. And on the third day they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands. When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.”
Each one of us, have been, will be, or are currently being hit by a storm. Some of these storms will be filled with rain, light wind, and a little thunder. Others will be more like a hurricane with winds so fierce they can tear whole cities to pieces.
When we don’t set our anchor before the storm gets to us we will be driven along the shore, tossed and turned, until we unload everything we have and end up losing hope of being saved.
One of my daughter’s has a special affinity towards anchors. On any given day she will beg me to paint a gigantic anchor on one of the walls in her room. (She knows her mama doesn’t have talent like that.) After the numbers of storms she and her siblings have already experienced in their short life, she finally understands where she should focus on laying her own anchor. See, this little girl of ours is full of fears and has struggled with anxiety all of her life.
We’ve poured scripture down her throat, prayed the Word of God over her, spoken truth in her most anxious moments, and to no avail she would still work herself into a tizzy becoming physically ill. But then one day it just clicked! We were outside just chatting about our plans when out of no where Hannah piped up, “You know what, Mom…I’m not afraid anymore.” Stopping in my tracks, I turned to look at her. “You know why….Because I finally realized God’s always watching over me and He will never leave me.” She gets it. Her best Anchor doesn’t need to be painted on a wall because it is already painted on the wall of her heart and laid in the foundation of Jesus.
When we set our anchor in Jesus, whenever the storm hits we will be ready and stable for what is to come. We may still fret in the moment and carry some anxious thoughts for a bit, but we can lay them all down on the foundation that holds us down and keeps us safe.
Have you set your anchor in Jesus? Why not go ahead and do that now?
No matter if the storm hasn’t come yet, or you are sitting in the middle of it, or possibly one just passed, you can still be found in the safe foundation of Jesus.