July 27, 2007
Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day. Acts 27:29.
When darkness surrounds us, we commonly reach out to turn on a light. We have lamps by our bedside, a map light in our cars, and lamp posts in our neighborhoods. Light allows us to function better, to do things with more accuracy, and to accomplish things with a greater measure of safety.
In the scripture above, Paul is traveling to make an appeal for his life to Caesar. Paul’s life has been threatened time after time, but he is determined to live, determined to spread the gospel. A prisoner being transported via ship, Paul once again faces life safety issues. The ship’s crew is frightened of the rocks that threaten their ability to navigate safely to shore.
People who fight for their lives experience one difficult situation after another. The illness may differ from person to person, but often the treatment is almost as terrible as the threat of losing life itself. Even while people suffer, they often have to fight for disability rights and income. Sometimes the stress can make an ill person long for Heaven’s golden shore.
Lives are often spared, though, causing us to endure more suffering than we ever dreamt we could tolerate. During these times we see the huge rocks, and we are surrounded by darkness. Like Paul, we have no reason to feel afraid. Fear may surround us, but we have light. God planted it within us when we accepted Christ. With the help of his savior, Paul escaped the threat of the storm soundly. So will we.
Life seems to be a series of storms that threaten us. Each time we are challenged to focus not on the rocks or the winds but on our anchor. Even in death, we will be victorious. On our last voyage the rocks will disappear as we face glory. Our Anchor will lead us to the lights of our eternal home.
Have you read With Great Mercy?