Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Anchor in the Storm

North Face (Eiger) with a storm brewing
Have you ever been in a storm? I mean a really big storm...one that was threatening your very existence? I have never been in a storm of that magnitude, but I have read plenty of books about men and women that have. I remember one account of a climber attempting to summit The North Face of the Eiger; arguably one of the most difficult summits in the world. This particular climber got stuck on the face in the midst of a horrific storm with wind, snow, sub-zero temperatures, and falling rocks seeking to rip him right off the face. His sole lifeline was a rope that was attached the rock via a couple of anchors. (He survived...which made for an incredible book).

All of us face times in our lives where the "storms" of life seem overwhelming. The list of things that affect us is un-ending; unemployment, divorce, death, hopelessness, loneliness, relationships that are fractured, children that are lost, and more. All of these things can lead us to dark places where we seem to lose hope. The million-dollar question is this; "when you are facing these times, what's your anchor?"

Jesus gives us an incredible anchor in John 14:1-14. He gives us a series of verses that we should cling to in good times and in bad. Here's a sample...

" 'Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.' " (John 14:1-3)
When we're in the storm what we most need is hope. In these 14 verses God through Jesus gives us hope beyond anything we could imagine...the hope of heaven. There's so much in these verses that we don't have time to un-pack; but notice that the promise is not just to be with Jesus, as if that weren't enough. But what Jesus says is that he has gone ahead of you and is intentionally preparing a place JUST FOR YOU. It's going to be your place. A place of safety and hope, a place of peace and security, a place of fun and excitement, a place just for you.

This should be an anchor for our soul. Far too many Christians spend far too little time looking forward to the fulfillment of this promise. I wonder, if God gave us a sneak peak of the place He was preparing and then sent us back to earth, how much difference would it make it in how we face our struggles?

My challenge for you is simple...simple to understand, at least. What's your anchor? If you don't know or don't feel like you have one, spend some time studying heaven. Learn about Jesus. And allow Him to be the anchor for your soul.

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