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Will your anchor hold in the storms of life?

Article posted on 3 July 2018 Leave a Comment

We heard the very famous bible story of Jesus calming of the storm in church last Sunday.  It wasn’t your average bible reading either; the reader had to shout over a couple of wind machines, a dozen rain makers and a congregation in full swing in their role as ‘the storm’; providing claps of thunder, crashing waves and generally making a din.  The children were the disciples, at the front in the ‘boat’, swaying back and forth and pretending to look worried.  Also in the boat, but looking for all the world as though he was asleep, was little three year old Henry, aka Jesus.  When Revd Becky gave him the nod he raised his head from his kneeler-pillow and addressed the noisy rabble: ‘Be still’.

You could have heard a pin drop.

It’s a very well-known story, and it contains a very simple truth:  Life isn’t plain sailing, but we are not  alone in its storms.

The Christian imagery of the boat is one of the oldest and most poignant symbols of our life’s journey.   Almost as old as the ark (and there’s a boat that weathered a storm if ever there was one) the boat reminds us to navigate wisely, it reminds us that there will inevitably be storms along the way, and it reminds us what it is to have an anchor.  In this story where Jesus calms the storm, he says to the wind and the waves, amidst the overwhelming tumult:  ‘Be still’.  The point isn’t that the disciples and their boat are then magically transported to dry land, or that they wake suddenly from a nightmare and find themselves safe and sound.  They are still at sea, they are still soaked through, there is much bailing out to be done and I’d like to bet that you can still see the whites of their eyes – but they are not alone, they have their anchor.  They have Jesus; their God is in that boat with them and will see them safely to the shore.

There is much in life that can threaten to overwhelm us.  Faith in God and belief in the words and ways of Jesus doesn’t promise that storms will not cross our path, but it means that when the storm hits, we have an anchor.  Yes, we may be buffeted about, but no, we will not be overturned.

 

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