In Romans 8 we read how all of creation groans in hope and expectation like a woman laboring in childbirth for her own incredible outcome. There’s no better comparison. A woman readies herself through a waiting period where she is creating life, where she is being strengthened in order to make way for her child. She wades through a whole ocean of pain, overcomes mountainous rumblings inside her all while fixed on what’s to come after all the groans and pushes and force: the life she’s co-created.
A woman groans in expectation of release and her blessing.
Creation groans in anticipation for a better tomorrow.
We all will endure periods of labor and experience hurricanes and storms in the natural and the spiritual that push us to our limits. Jesus said in this life we will have troubles and we will go through deep waters, but to take heart! We are to be still; to trust in who He is and to anchor ourselves to Him.
What anchors you?
We get it wrong sometimes and turn inwardly. We try to anchor ourselves to things-the dream house, the closet full of clothes and the latest gadget bought with the hard earned money from that perfect job. With good intentions we try to anchor ourselves to others-a spouse, children, friends. But these are all temporary, and they will all eventually come to an end. People falter and betray us, people die, jobs and money come and go, and there’s absolutely no guarantee on your next breath.
We need something, someone, greater than the temporary, the fleeting and the feelings and the someone is Jesus. The same yesterday, today and forever; (Hebrews 13:8) unshakable, steadfast, He is the only One worth anchoring ourselves to. Hebrews 6: 18-20 says He gives us His promise and His oath. We can run to Him for refuge in confidence with a hope that is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.
When the storm hits, and when the winds are raging, heavy metal anchors secure boats in place. The waves do not overtake the boats; the winds do not push them to the ocean floor. Boats that are anchored make it through the worst. When our souls are anchored to Jesus, the storms we face are endurable because Jesus is immovable!
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God! There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” –Hebrews 4:16