See what I did there? I giggled as I wrote that title. Welcome to my mind.
So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. - Hebrews 6:18-19
After all of the moves that we have made as a family (trust me, it's a lot), I have become a pro at tying things down. Once we moved from Dallas to Houston, and several items made the trip on top of the cab of the truck. There just was no other room anywhere else, and I wasn't leaving those items behind. I'll spare you the details, but 2 of the items were a rug and a rocking chair.
I know. Trust me, I know.
So here's a little tip. You can't tie something down from just one angle. If you do, once the wind catches it from a different direction, it'll move the object in a way you didn't foresee, and your whole house of cards is in jeopardy of being spread out like bread crumbs somewhere between Corsicana and Conroe. Or at least that's what I've heard. 😉
Want to know something else about tying things down? The work that those tight ropes do... holding objects steady in a powerful amount of force pushing and determined to move them... creates grooves in that you are tied to. You won't see it overnight. But little by little, if you keep tightening down those same straps in the same places, the marks will appear.
I want to be so anchored to my Savior that the grooves are there for all to see. Deep, scarring, permanent.
It won't happen if I'm tied loosely. It won't happen if I change position before battening down. It won't happen if I untie the straps every once in a while for relief.
It happens with constricting holds. It happens with commitment to the course. It happens with dedication that overcomes the pain being caused.
I want to be secured from every angle with rope that has just enough give not to break the valuables; but strong enough, new enough, to stand the test of winds and weather and force. Sharp turns and traffic jams. Potholes and speed bumps. Yellow lights and roundabouts.
My anchor can withstand it all. So can yours. Are you tied down? I'll show you my grooves, if you'll show me yours.
Dear God, hold us fast to You. Secure us in Your Love. Anchor us in Your Grace. Keep us in Your mercies. Help us to recognize the grooves as proof that we're holding on to You. In Jesus' Name, Amen...
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