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Fran


This Month's Message

The Anchor Holds
By Fran Caffey Sandin

A few years ago my husband, Jim, and I took sailing lessons. The gems of instruction we learned in the classroom did not become completely clear to us until we set sail. For instance,

a boat anchor is not adequately tested in the harbor. It is during a storm—when the waves are crashing in and the boat is pitching in all directions—that the integrity of the anchor is tested.

However, if it is never tried, one does not know if it will hold.

Once while sailing at Lake Tawakoni, the wind overpowered our 17 foot sloop and pushed us into the rocks on the far shore. Frustration is a mild word to match the difficulty we faced in trying to reposition our boat and sail back to our dock. With a little foresight we could have avoided the crisis at the onset of the storm by throwing out the anchor, but we forgot and suffered the consequences.

Life sometimes beats against us with heavy winds of depression or despair. In those times God is our anchor of hope. When we toss out our anchor of trust in Him, we can depend on His faithfulness. He is for us and He never fails.

Sometimes, though, with our human natures it is difficult to trust God. Things are not always like we want them to be. Our trust is put to the test when a loved one dies, a severely handicapped child is born, the doctor gives a poor diagnosis, a husband loses his job, our home is destroyed by a fire or tornado, or a terrorist attacks. We may think, Where is God? Does He care? Can I really trust Him?

Author Jerry Bridges wrote in his book, Trusting God Even When Life Hurts, “We honor God by choosing to trust Him when we don’t understand what He is doing or why He has allowed some adverse circumstance to occur. As we seek God’s glory, we may be sure that He has purposed our good and that He will not be frustrated in fulfilling that purpose.”

The Hebrew word for the verb trust means “to have confidence in.” Many Scriptures enlarge upon this concept and assure us that God is worthy of our trust, including Proverbs 3: 5-6: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (NASB).

Faith and trust are intertwined. As declared in Romans 15: 4, “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (NIV).

To experience this comfort and encouragement, we will need to trust God and to live, as Paul said, “by faith and not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5: 7).

When your storm comes, don’t forget that your anchor holds. God never fails.

Dear Heavenly Father, each one of us is facing some trial or testing. Help us to use the good times, the quieter times, to draw nearer to your heart through Bible study and prayer. Then when difficulties arise, we are confident of Your Presence and Your Provision. Thank You that You always meet us at our point of need. With Loving Thanks, A-men.