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“Where’s Your Anchor?”

When sirens go off warning a community that a tornado has been sighted, people are urged to take shelter.  Go to a basement, bathroom, or closet.  When hurricanes are predicted and tracked on radar, it is not unusual for people to receive orders of evacuation.  For severe storms or any other potential danger, there are warnings given to people to take cover.  Going to the lowest level of a building provides the best shelter against a tornado.  There are oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.  When a hurricane is headed in their direction, attention is given to the anchoring of the rigs.  Storms created in nature are inevitable.  They come during certain seasons of the year and some places are more susceptible than others. People living in these areas are trained on what to do in order to protect themselves.

 

Storms of nature are one thing, but what do you do or where do you go when a personal storm is bearing down upon you?  Defining your heart as a rig, what, or to whom is it anchored?  Storms of life do come and unlike the storms that happen in nature, personal storms often come without warning.  Rarely is there time to prepare ourselves before the storm hits.  There is something we can do though.  We can    PREPARE TODAY.  You and I get to decide what or who our anchor will be.  We don’t know what tomorrow may bring, but we can prepare today.  Lewis E. Jones wrote these beautiful words and put them to music, “Upon life’s boundless ocean where mighty billows roll, I’ve fixed my hope in Jesus, blest Anchor of my soul.  When trials fierce assail me, as storms are gathering o’er, I rest upon His mercy and trust Him more.  I’VE ANCHORED IN JESUS; the storms of life I’ll brave.  I’ve anchored in Jesus; I fear no wind or wave.  I’ve anchored in Jesus, for He hath power to save.  I’ve anchored in the Rock of ages.”

 

If our hearts are not secured, they can be wrecked or swept away when storms rush through.  The only sure place to anchor the human heart is to the heart of God Himself.  God told Moses in Exodus 3:14, “I AM WHO I AM.”  Look at that statement carefully.  The Lord did not say, “I was,” or “I will be.”  He said, “I AM!”  God is ever-present, constant, changeless, and faithful.  Read the Bible on a regular basis and spend time daily talking to your Heavenly Father.  Learn about God and His love for you.  Anchor your heart to His heart.  If we do that, we’ll have the strength, courage, power, and protection to face our storms.  And DON’T EVER FORGET, the GREAT I AM is always with you!!

 

“They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord” – Psalm 112:7.

 

Pastor Carnes