There are some weeks when you steel yourself to life’s curveballs and say, “it’s just one of those weeks”. You put your shoulders into it, press on, and assure yourself that “this, too, shall pass.”
But some weeks, well…
Some weeks, clichés and adages do nothing to soothe your spirit or calm your soul. Some weeks just take you by storm and no amount of shoulder pressing can do anything about anything that matters.
Those are the weeks we fear. Those are the weeks that – no matter how hard we try to wish they weren’t, no matter how hard we pretend aren’t coming – cause our weary and raw souls to kick and scream and search for something to douse the achy fires of sadness, disappointment and depletion.
And if we aren’t careful, when they come, they can threaten to consume us and cause us to get beaten down and off course.
Am I speaking to anyone besides myself today? Is anyone, like me, in need of a little help finding the beautiful pace of grace and a bit of smooth sailing?
Oh, sweet friend, if something has bumped right on into your happy place and stolen your peace this week, then this post is SO for you! And I’m thrilled God has guided you here to hear this:
“We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us.” Hebrews 6:18-20, MSG.
Unforced rhythms of grace (see Matthew 11:28-30) are possible when we allow HOPE to “anchor” us directly to God.
But how? And what does that actually mean?
Gosh, I am so glad you asked!
An anchor is a source of stability and security. Most often, the word picture that materializes in our minds when we think of an anchor is that of a boat, stopped in the middle of the water, securely tethered to a stable spot at the bottom of the sea. That trusty anchor keeps the boat from drifting too far off course. And it must be secured safely in solid soil or deeply imbedded into the sea bottom, not in the pithy fluff of shallow sand.
Now, I’m no boater or master sailor, but I do know that to trust an anchor tethered in a shallow sandbar would be foolish – the anchor could be dragged through the muck until it was simply flailing under the boat, taking the boat off course, creating an unstable situation and a course with no direction and a possible collision in sight.
So what does this have to do with our scripture from Hebrews? Well, the author of Hebrews is assuring us that if we place our trust in the infallible hope offered to us through Jesus, we are assured of a lifeline that cannot be swayed or broken.
That no matter how stormy the seas of our week feel or appear, we are tethered to something infinitely stable and secure that will not be snapped.
That the fury of the waves kicked up by life’s winds will not send our precious cargo overboard, regardless of what it may look like to our human eyes.
Yeah, we will experience difficult seasons this side of heaven. Sometimes the storms of life threaten to almost take us under, and it feels like we might just break into tiny little pieces on a rocky shore. But I’m here today to tell you that you aren’t going to perish that way. It cannot happen if you are anchored to Life, Himself. Jesus is your Anchor. Jesus is your Hope. Trust that you have that precious Anchor so deeply imbedded into His Truth that no amount of wind-whipped waves can break the chain that securely binds you to Him. Unbreakable. Forever and always.
Thank you, Lord, that you give us that Heavenly strength in the midst of our weakness. Set our eyes on you – the Hope and the Rhythm-Maker of our week – even when appearances would have us think otherwise.
Next week, we begin our Winter/Spring 2015 Bible Study Series, GracePace – Experiencing God’s Grace in the Midst of Life’s Race. I can’t begin to know where you are in your life right now. But I hope wherever it is, you’ll join us – either in person in one of our three Bible studies that meet in our area, or even right here on our blog. Check back here next Thursday, February 19th, for our introductory thoughts, your homework, AND your chance to win a fabulous CD filled with 10 great songs that speak beautiful messages of hope, grace, and rest to your spirit! 😉
And if you are wondering…yes. I had one of “those” weeks this past week. Tim, Elle, and I had to say goodbye to our beloved Teddy “T-Boo”. Our six-year-old yellow lab suddenly, and quite unexpectedly, passed away last Friday from end-stage liver failure. Our hearts ache at his absence, but our souls remain anchored in the joyful hope that we will see him again someday! We love you, T-Boo. Miss your goofy little heart. Be good for God, sweet boy, and please – stop eating socks.
Peace, love, and JOY!
Up Next Week: Chunk From “Goonies” – Making Our Insides Match the Out!