You protect the poor; you protect the helpless when they are in danger. You are like a shelter from storms, like shade that protects them from the heat. [Isaiah 25:4a (NCV)]
You rule the mighty sea and calm the stormy waves. [Psalm 89:9 (NCV)]
Many years ago, six of us were sailing off the coast of Maine. When a sudden storm came up, we dropped sails and anchored for the night. In fact, two anchors were put out to ensure we didn’t drift or get pulled into dangerous waters. Although the waters were rough and the boat rocked, we all felt safe and secure because we trusted our captain and the anchors he provided.
I thought of that experience when the question was asked, “What is the greatest storm in your life today?” While considering my answer, I realized that while I might experience a few gusts now and then, there is nothing in my life that qualifies as a windstorm. A few snow flurries might occur but never a blizzard, a little rain but no monsoons, and an occasional crack of thunder or flash of lightning but rarely a cloudburst. Looking back over seven decades, I know I went through plenty of storms in the past. Has my life’s weather improved that much or is it my perception of the weather that has changed? Certainly, what would have been a squall in the past is now little more than a heavy breeze to me. That’s probably due, in part, to maturity and finally recognizing what is truly important and what isn’t, what can be changed and what can’t. The main difference in my perception of storms, however, is due to the growing depth of my faith. I now truly trust the captain of my ship. Moreover, instead of throwing out only one or two anchors, I have three: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Thank you God for being my anchor in the storms of life!
“Anchor” [Hillsong Worship]
I have this hope as an anchor for my soul.
Through every storm I will hold to you.
With endless love all my fear is swept away.
In everything I will trust in you.
There is hope in the promise of the cross.
You gave everything to save the world you love.
And this hope is an anchor for my soul.
Our God will stand unshakeable.
Unchanging One you who was and is to come,
Your promise sure you will not let go.
Your name is higher, your name is greater,
All my hope is in you.
Your word unfailing, your promise unshaken,
All my hope is in you.
These two things cannot change: God cannot lie when he makes a promise, and he cannot lie when he makes an oath. These things encourage us who came to God for safety. They give us strength to hold on to the hope we have been given. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and strong. [Hebrews 6:18-19a (NCV)]