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Pastor Najuma Smith-Pollard
By Pastor Najuma Smith-PollardSt. James A.M.E. Church
Scripture: "...we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast..." Hebrews 6:17-20
Some time ago, I had the opportunity to spend a week on a cruise with friends. We had a wonderful time! It was truly a delight to spend so many days at sea to see and experience the wonder of God's creation.
Most of the week, it was sunny and warm. Perfect weather for sun tanning, pool play and enjoying the many festivities offered on board and the shopping when we docked. Truly, in the first four days, it was ‘smooth sailing.' The waters were so calm, that at times, I even forgot I was on a ship in the middle of the ocean.
However, about day five, things changed suddenly! It was suddenly dark, cold, windy and the ship began to rock side to side, tossing people around like they were baby dolls. I decided to go to my cabin because the constant rocking was making me sick. We were caught in a storm and had to ride it out for the night.
Clinging to my cabin bed, I prayed all night asking God to make it to stop!! In time, the storm passed, and we continued on our journey, but there were a few things I recall having great clarity about after that rocky night.First, in and of itself, the ship was no match for the storm. The only reason we had not drifted off, shipwrecked or sunk is because the anchor of that ship held us fast in place throughout the night.
Likewise, in and of ourselves, we are no match for the storms of life. But our HOPE in Christ Jesus serves as an Anchor, keeping us steadfast as we ride out the storms of life.
Second, unlike the lifeboat, which were fastened externally on the ship, the Anchor is connected internally to the ship. So it is with our HOPE in Christ Jesus, it is that ‘Something on the Inside' which keeps us steadfast; it is the secret weapon we draw on from within that enables us to ride out the storm without jumping ship.
Third, eventually the storm passed, and the anchor was pulled back into its storage compartment of the ship. The storm only lasted as long as the storm lasts. But, the anchor remained a permanent force within the ship. Be encouraged reader, the storms of life are ONLY but for a moment. Sometimes the moment is longer than the next. Some storms are more troublesome than others.
But storm or no storm, Your Anchor Is Always With You!!Join us each Sunday at 10 a.m., as we look to the Anchor of our Soul, our HOPE in Christ Jesus!