Anchors…

“Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer.”

What?
How could this be?
Seriously?
Mom?

She ate healthy and took care of herself all her life.  She was the most positive, optimistic woman-of-faith I’ve ever known.  Stress didn’t seem to affect her.  She was always serving and loving others cheerfully.  She was one of the kindest, gentlest, most-loving people in the entire world.

“Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer”…NO!!!  Why?  Why her?  The diagnosis didn’t make sense;  it didn’t add up.  There was no explaining this one, no cause-and-effect scenario, no understanding this…But with cancer and many things in this life, there isn’t a way to explain it or have it make sense.

Our world very quickly turned upside-down.

What is our life anchored to when it turns upside-down?  What holds us and steadies us?  Who gets us through?  We were about to find out.

We have this HOPE as an anchor…” This verse kept going through my head day and night right after Mom’s diagnosis.  Over and over, God brought it to my mind.  I didn’t know exactly where it was in the Bible, but I knew that God had given it to me as something to hang on to during this time.  Hebrews 6:19. “We have this HOPE as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure…”

What was God trying to tell me?   What HOPE?   The rest of the verse says that our “anchor for the soul is firm and secure and enters the inner sanctuary where Jesus has entered on our behalf.”  The NLV translation says it this way, “This HOPE is a safe anchor for our souls.  It will never move.  This hope goes into the Holiest place of all behind the curtain of heaven.”  Jesus has gone before us through His death on the cross for all our sins and He alone can connect us securely back to God for eternity.  We can be anchored to Him.

We have a little speed boat here in Atlanta and we get to take it out on the Lake several times throughout the summer. Sometimes we go to an area where there is a big rock to jump off  into the water. When we stop there, we often put our anchor out. Anchors hold us…although our boat may move around a bit, once the end of the rope is met, there is a firm hold.

So, when the verse says that “We have this HOPE as an anchor for the soul”…this is what I believe…God is the One who is FIRM.  His hold is FIRM. His love is FIRM…He is constant and with us today and every day and on into eternity.

In Christ,
we are held,
we can rest,
we are secure…

My Mom had this kind of HOPE.  It was secure.  She was held.  She is now in the presence of her Lord and Savior.  Her faith in Christ was an “anchor for her soul.”

No matter what our journeys may HOLD, in Christ, we are HELD…There is no storm, no struggle, no heartbreak, no diagnosis, no mess up…there is no–thing that can separate us from the love of God in Christ.  (Romans 8:38)  Jesus is the anchor for our souls and He will always hold.