I live in Charlotte, NC. Yes, I know most of you know me, but I keep hoping for more readers, so I’m trying to act like I’m already there! So, I live in Charlotte. If you live anywhere close to here, then you know we’ve had some strange weather this year! I never remember so much rain in the summertime! By July most years, we’re having to refill the pool because the water has evaporated. This year, the pool is overflowing. And it keeps raining.
Take this week, for example. On Thursday morning, it had been raining hard for while. One of the kids looked out of our window and exclaimed, “I can see the creek!” We live on an odd street. It wraps around a creek. So, the other side of the creek is the other side of the street – complete with houses. The creek is about ten feet deep and normally has six or eight inches of water in it. So, to see the water is really a big deal. We all rushed out the door to look. It wasn’t long before the creek seemed to be rushing to meet us also! Before we knew it, the water had run over the bank and was rushing down the end of my street like a muddy river rapids! I was shocked to see tree trunks and garbage cans whooshing down the road.
The ironic thing is that the creek has been getting a facelift and overhaul to prevent this sort of thing. Some of the men involved in the construction were out with cameras, shooting video of the scene. One of the men told my neighbor that, although the water seemed pretty shallow, it was rushing so fast, it could sweep your feet right out from under you and wash you away before you knew what happened.
Yes, you know I saw a life lesson in that. That’s why you’re reading….right??? So….here it is! Sometimes, life can feel like our creek. One minute, you have a sweet, babbling brook and the next minute you’re caught in the rapids. Life throws more at you than you ever expected it could and completely takes you by surprise. Let’s face it, life is hard. Yes, I know we’ve been over this. But, it is! Remember, Jesus told us so. John 16:33 says, in part, “In this world you will have trouble.” Well, that was pretty blunt! (NIV, by the way).
Trouble. I’m sure you can give me your own list. Here are a few things I can think of (not all are mine!). Maybe you’ll be able to relate. Financial trouble. Kid trouble. Marriage trouble. Job trouble. Car trouble. Family trouble. Drug problems. Alcohol addiction. Porn. Sex. Church issues. Sheep bites. (seriously, I’m going to have to write about that if I’m going to keep mentioning it!). There are plenty of other things, but I think this is enough. You get the point. There’s a lot that can go wrong in life. And, it’s been my experience that, when it rains it pours. (give me a break – I had to stick with the theme!). And, if you’re not anchored properly in the midst of that rushing water, it can sweep you off your feet. Troubles seem to come in packs around our house. And, quite frankly, that verse I quoted in the last paragraph wasn’t very encouraging. But wait. There’s more.
Let’s look at the entire verse. My guess is that you’ve read it. But, let’s look again. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcomethe world.” Oh gracious! That is much better! I love how Jesus did the sandwich. You know, the positive, negative, positive sandwich. He started with peace, mentioned we’d have trouble, then reminded us that He has overcome the world. Wow. What promises! That we can have peace in the midst of trouble.
As I was watching my street rapids Thursday, I kept thinking of a song by Ray Boltz. The part that kept rolling in my head is this, “The anchor holds, Though the ship is battered, The anchor holds, Though the sails are torn. I have fallen on my knees, As I faced the raging seas, The anchor holds, In spite of the storm.” And there it is. The answer. The Anchor of our soul. Jesus. Only in Him can we find the peace we so desperately need in the face of trouble.
What about you? Are you in a storm? Has your creek turned into a raging river? Do you feel like it’s trying to sweep you away? Hang onto your Anchor! The rain will cease, the creek will recede and you’ll be on dry ground before you know it!
Be blessed and tell someone you love them.