This has been quite a week. I am literally a broken heart and a lost dog away from a country song. This week has seen two broken vehicles, one broken furnace, two sick Dads and it’s only Friday morning. Thank goodness weeks like this don’t happen often!
I have been reading through the book of Acts in my daily devotional time. And as God often does, He provided me with just the right verse at just the right time.
Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they [the sailors] dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight. Acts 27:29.
The backstory for this verse is this: Paul has been arrested in Jerusalem and has appealed his case to Caesar, his right as a Roman citizen. He is placed on a ship and begins his arduous journey across the Mediterranean Sea to Rome. Along the way, all manner of misfortune falls upon the ship and its passengers. Just prior to this verse, the sailors literally tie ropes around the ship in an attempt to keep it together as they ride out a horrible storm that is going on two weeks long.
I like this verse because it ministers to me as I have struggled through this week.
Sometimes, all you can do is anchor to what you have, hunker down, and pray for daylight.
As I mentioned before, weeks like this don’t come around very often. But when they do, you have to start looking around for those things to anchor to. Fear can quickly and easily incapacitate us. You have to find, in this case, four anchors to throw out.
For me, I anchored to the Word of God, a family that loves me, a job that provides for my needs, and peace that passes understanding. These anchors can change daily and what I anchor to can be totally different than what you anchor to. One thing I know, your first anchor had better be your relationship to God and the promises found in his word. That is immovable.
As this week progressed and I tried to minister to others in the midst of my storm, the Holy Spirit led me to Lamentations 3:21-26:
Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
This week, this was my prayer for daylight. When it gets to the point that you just have to throw out the anchors and pray for daylight, it may be good to remember that our God is a faithful God. His mercies are new every morning. If we can just trust him to get us through the darkness of night the light of day will shine again. He gives us hope. He is filled with compassion. Nothing in our lives sneaks up on Him and he will use all things to shape us into the image of Christ.
He will carry us through our storms.
So hold fast, find your anchors to throw out, and pray for daylight!