Thursday, August 27, 2009

THANKFUL THURSDAY...anchor of hope

Me and boats on water just do not mix. I'm not sure why, but being out on water just gives me a real uneasy feeling. I remember when we went on a missions trip to Ecuador, we went whale watching. Well in order to see any whales ... you have to go out where the whales are!

I will never forget that horrible boat ride. The waters swayed the boat back and forth and back and forth. I really thought I was just going to be sick! I remember sitting in my seat ever so still, while others were on the boat walking from side to side, trying to get a glimpse of any sea creature ... I was concentrating on breathing and not throwing my lunch over the side of the boat. I felt so unsteady, uneasy and unsafe.

I finally began to ease up and enjoy the whale watching when the boat found a place to rest and the anchor was thrown out. Have you ever thought about the purpose of an anchor on a boat? When the anchor is set firm ... the ship and all of the people on it are secure. Even when the winds blow, the ship will not crash against the rocks or float out among the rough seas.

No wonder our hope in Jesus and His promises are referred to as an "anchor for our souls". When this anchor is set firm in our hearts and spirit, there is nothing that can throw us off course or destroy us. The waves of life might get rough and bumpy, but the "anchor will hold" and our hope in Jesus Christ will stand firm!

Alot of people try to put their security in other things. Things like a big bank account, or a secure position at a company, insurance policies or investments ...none of these can make us secure. The only true form of security can be found in Jesus Christ ... He is our anchor of hope!

HEBREWS 6:18, 19 "We who have fled to Him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls."

Don't find yourselves in the middle of a storm without your Anchor!

IRIS is hosting THANKFUL THURSDAY this week. Please be sure to stop by and visit her and all of the other grateful hearts as we unite together and give thanks to our Father who is truly our Anchor of Hope! Be sure to come back here next week as I will be hosting TT for the month of September. Y

9 comments:

Debbie said...

Amen to this Laurie. So thankful too for the anchor we have in Jesus.

Barbie said...

Wonderfully stated!

Rocks said...

What a great post!

"Don't find yourselves in the middle of a storm without your Anchor!"

Thank you for this reminder also :) Blessings!

Pia said...

Jesus is our anchor so no matter how the things of this world sways our boat, we wouldn't sink knowing that we are anchored to Jesus.

God bless you... always. (((HUGS)))

Jensmere said...

Hi Laurie...thank you for this wonderful post! We went on a dolphin watching 'voyage' one time and there wasn't a dolphin anywhere in site!!! The waves were crashing and black storms clouds were moving faster than out little boat!!! White knuckles!!

Thanks for the reminder that He is the Anchor of our souls!!!

Be blessed,
Susan

Denise said...

You are such a blessing.

Shirley said...

I am so blessed by the way you related this! Yes, Jesus is our anchor, what more could we want!

Lynn said...

Laurie,

anchor for our souls". .. Oh, such a precious gift. More valuable than all wealth.

Great post. Happy TT. Hugs.

Rita T. said...

I'm deathly afraid of the water. Loved reading your post this afternoon.