A long, long time ago (back in February 2020) many of us were sailing along comfortably in life. We went to school or work, and made plans for Easter or a summer vacation. It would be a year, so we thought just like 2018 or 2019.
Some of us were not so lucky. We found our boats in rougher waters--perhaps in the midst of a turbulent relationship, or dealing with serious stress.
And then a global storm blew-in unlike anything we have ever experienced. While none of our boats handle the swells precisely the same way, every one of us now contends with waves. Some of us are listing; others are in real danger of sinking.
Navigating the waters during this pandemic presents a new challenge to all of us. We may feel disoriented as we try to make sense of new realities like social distancing and masks. Isolation is a live issue for many. Some of the normal routines and outlets that once enabled us to keep our bearings have been lost. While we may have thought we could just wait-out the storm or keep rowing until it blew over, the Coronavirus has proved itself remarkably persistent. It appears that we are in for rough waters for the foreseeable future.
The good news is that this pandemic has not caught Jesus by surprise. As a seasoned sailor himself (a veteran of many a storm) he invites us to take courage and tether ourselves in him.
This is the goal of the Anchor Initiative - to anchor our security and hope in Jesus Christ. Hebrews 10:23-25 states,
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
As a church family, we take seriously this call to hold on to Jesus for dear life. Refusing to trust in our own strength and instincts, we commit ourselves to:
- Form community with other like-minded, Jesus-anchored people
- Find time in our lives to meet with Jesus and his people.
- Forge habits that will keep us anchored no matter how long the storm lasts.