Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Safe in the Harbor

19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf.
Hebrews 6:19

text from
“My Soul Is Anchored In The Lord”

Though the storms keep on raging in my life
And sometimes it's hard to tell the night from day
Still that hope that lies within is reassured
as I keep my eyes upon the distant shore
I know He'll lead me safely to that blessed place He has prepared
But if the storm don't cease and if the winds keep on blowing in my life
My soul has been anchored in the Lord.
… in this life, we're gonna’ be tossed be the waves
and the currents that seem so fierce
But in the Word of God - I've got an anchor, yes I do,
and it keeps me steadfast, unmovable, despite the tide
But if the storm don't cease and if the winds keep on blowing in my life
My soul has been anchored in the Lord

I have come to learn, in the early days of the church the anchor was a symbol of hope. Growing up in the midwest my knowledge of oceans, boats, anchors, waves etc is limited. None the less, the image of the anchor cross and the power of Hebrews 6:19 is not lost on me. My aunt Kay emailed me a thought found in a devotion she read recently that struck a chord with me. She shared,
“Boats are safe in the harbor, but is that the purpose for which boats were made?”


There is a song that plays on Amelia's blog that speaks to Praising God in the storm...maybe you know it. God intends to send us out, not just look pretty in the harbor (or the pews for that matter!). God doesn't promise us calm waters, but he does promise to sail with us - he will never fail us.

text from
Praise You in This Storm
words by Mark Hall/music by Mark Hall and Bernie Herms

I was sure by now, God, that You would have reached down
and wiped our tears away,
stepped in and saved the day.
But once again, I say amen
and it's still raining
as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain,
"I'm with you"
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away.

And I'll praise you in this storm
and I will lift my hands
for You are who You are
no matter where I am
and every tear I've cried
You hold in your hand
You never left my side
and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

Today I pray for those lost in the storm who cannot hear his voice. I pray for those who, in their pain, believe God has turned his back on them - left them. I pray that you find the truth that awaits you. The truth that God has not and will not leave you. Maybe you have forgotten how to pray. Maybe you have lost hope in prayer. I pray that you fall to your knees today. God will hear you, he is with you.

All you have to say is, Lord, help me. Bring me back.

He loves you, I promise. More importantly, HE PROMISES.

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