By Lisa Wilmore
My Dear Friends,
Thank God for this day! I pray that you share in my excitement when I say, “it is good to be alive”. If it had not been for the Lord walking and talking with me, where would I be? “I’m blessed-truly blessed, thank God!”
To continue in sharing my excitement, I had an opportunity to join in with Rev. Jacquelyn Simmons, Family, and Friends at the Healing Service on a recent Monday night, held at the Triumph Baptist Church, Pastor Eddie R. Stewart. One of the members and participates of the Healing Service sang a song that touched my heart. The song entitled, “In Times like These”, written by Ruth Caye Jones, is so amazing. The psalmist encouraged and challenged us to be very sure that our anchor grips the solid rock. She announced that this rock is Jesus. As I listened to the words of the song and the melodious voice in which it was sung, I was encouraged. My encouragement was that of a continuation to hold on to God’s “Strong hand”.
Does your anchor grip the solid rock? Is Jesus truly the anchor of your soul? The writer of Hebrews expresses that “we have this hope as an anchor for our soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf” (Hebrews 6:19 NIV). Be encouraged and hold on to the hope we have been given through Jesus Christ.
As an illustration, sailors who are trying to stabilize the ship in the midst of the sea cast an anchor to steady it during turbulent weather. If the anchor does not grasp the bed of the sea, the ship will be dragged and pulled forcefully causing damage to it and possibly the passengers. In like manner, one would be hurt and damaged considerably during storms without a proper anchor. As the writer of Hebrews conveys, our hope is sure and steadfast to keep our souls from drifting away.
My friends, Jesus is the only one we can truly trust with our lives, our problems and imperfections. As the song writer noted, we must be very sure that our anchor grips Jesus, the solid rock.
There are storms that will come during our lifetime; however, we must have faith in God and remember the promises he made to us through his word. Remember, “Our anchor must hold and grip the solid rock” which is Jesus. Hold on to Jesus. He is our rock!