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My Anchor Holds

The Christian hope is the hope which has seen everything, and has still not despaired, because it believes in God.  The Christin hope is not hope in the human spirit, in human goodness, in human endurance, in human achievement; the Christian hope is hope in the power of God! – William Barclay, The Letter to the Romans.

Life is filled with great difficulties.  No one is exempt from the assaults on our mind, spirit, emotions, strength, health, family, and finances that are so common in this broken world.  Knowing that these things are common to all of us is not news.  Trials are not unusual but are the norm.  What is unusual is when we witness those with sturdy and steady faith that face the trials in the power of God and trust Him when things look bleak.  He does not always answer the way we might have hoped, but He always answers and gives His grace to sustain us so that we can see Him at work in every storm we face.  Because of His mercies that we have already experienced, we find it easier to hope when bad things happen that would cause us to despair.

Some time ago, a pastor with his wife and son set out for a holiday in Georgia’s beautiful mountains.  Carolyn Self tells how she and her husband, Bill, and their son, Bryan, took advantage of a school holiday and went to a secluded spot in the North Georgia mountains.  It started out as a beautiful weekend.  Bill returned to Atlanta on Saturday night to preach in his church on Sunday. He would return to be with his family on Sunday evening following the service.

On Sunday afternoon, it began to rain.  It poured—seven inches in five hours.  A tornado hit in a nearby town.  Thunder and lightning crackled all around Carolyn and Bryan. Their situation was not good. They had no car.  They were alone. They were stranded. It was terribly frightening.

On Sunday evening, about midnight, Carolyn and Bryan saw Bill’s car lights starting up the mountain road toward them.  They watched through the flashes of lighting.  The road had become a river.  Suddenly, the front car lights went down and under water.  Then the tail lights went out.

Carolyn’s heart stopped beating.  Suddenly, her mind was filled with a huge wave of fear.  Had Bill drowned?

Finally, she could see the figure of a man moving around.  She saw the beam of his flashlight moving through the storm.   She would declare to her friends how her heart nearly burst with joy when she heard Bill’s voice calling to her.  (Copied).

Joshua 1:9Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Psalm 31:24Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.   2 Tim.1:7For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline. 1 Peter 5:7Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.  Isaiah 26:3You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you.