Week 25 – Anchor
This week our aquatics manager, Tucker, was working in the Splash (inflatables) area of the cove. Tucker said he would not be able to answer his radio because he would be underwater moving the anchors for the inflatables. With all the wind and sometimes rain our inflatables can be blown toward the dock and create a lot of damage. They must be anchored with large cement blocks.
Do you remember the story of Paul and the shipwreck and storm? Acts 27:23-25 the Bible says this:
23 Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me 24 and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ 25 So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.
I love the fact that our Lord can send his angels to stand beside us. Paul was able to bring hope and overcome fear because of God’s presence. His presence is like an anchor for our souls when we are in the storms of life. Tony Campolo tells this story –
When he was a boy growing up in a congested and bustling city, his mother arranged a teenage girl who lived nearby to walk home with him at the end of the day. For this she was paid a nickel a day. But Tony rebelled in the second grade and told his mother, I’ll walk myself to school and if you give me a nickel a week, I will be extra careful. You can keep the other twenty cents and we’ll be better off.”
After a period of pleading and begging, little Tony finally got his way. For the next two years he walked himself back and forth to school. It was an eight-block walk with many streets to cross, but he was careful and didn’t talk to strangers or get distracted along the way.
Years later at a family party, he bragged about his independence and reminded his family of how he had taken care of himself as a boy. His mother laughed and added the rest of the story. “Did you really think you were alone?” she asked. “Every morning when you left for school, I left with you. I walked behind you all the way. When you got out of school at 3:30 in the afternoon, I was there. I always kept myself hidden, but I was there and I followed you all the way home. I just wanted to be there for you in case you needed me.”
The best plan for our living is to lash our lives to that anchor. Remember the words of the hymn, My Anchor Holds.
Troubles almost ’whelm the soul;
Griefs like billows o’er me roll;
Tempters seek to lure astray;
Storms obscure the light of day:
But in Christ I can be bold,
I’ve an anchor that shall hold.