Our time in the field has been rough. We have been persecuted, put down and even put off by people we had expected to welcome, love and encourage us.
But God has been our anchor.
Our faith is tested but every time it comes out stronger... the gold refined by the fire. And as a result, God has put people we never knew in our path and they have welcomed, loved, and encouraged us... more than we could have hoped.
Because God has been our anchor.
Yes, doubt and wonder creep in. But like David in the psalms... I keep looking to all God has done and I have HOPE for all he will continue to do. He has never failed before... he won't fail now. I know this because...
God has been my anchor.
So when I saw a verse from Hebrews 6 shared by a minister and his family after the loss of their precious 5 year old daughter, my hope was renewed yet again... as if my challenges weren't enough, their tragedy is even greater and they know the secret I know:
God is always our anchor.
17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf.
Hebrews 6:17-20a (NRSV, emphasis added)
Be encouraged, whatever we have, we can always have HOPE as an anchor for all of life.
May you rest, anchored, in the sweet Hope of His love and care.