"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there's something stronger-something better, pushing right back.” - Albert Camus
There’s one thing that all ships have in common; an anchor. A boat needs an anchor to float on unstable and menacing waters. Physics explains that an anchored ship remains in place because of the frictional force of the chain lying at the bottom of the sea. This prevents the deep underwater currents from overtaking the ship and sinking. This is a lot like us. We need to have an anchor within us that keeps us steady when the waves of life try to overcome us.
You may not realize it, but you are anchored to something. Whether if it is your career, family, money, relationships, or sex; we all place our hope and value in something. However, through COVID-19, we are realizing that the many things we previously relied on can be easily defeated; even by an enemy we can’t see. The stock market, politics, and economy has failed to be the answer to life’s problems. So, what do you put your hope in after all else fails?
Albert Camus is a French writer that penned the quote in the introduction of this post. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1957 and is best known for a play he wrote called The Plague. It is a story about the effects of an epidemic on a small town in France. Camus identified elements that all plagues seem to have in common, and the coronavirus pandemic is no different. He wrote about the isolation and detachment from normal living, overwhelmed crowded hospitals, and the absence of hope among the people.
As like the characters in the book, we need hope. The world is on lockdown and we are shut in our homes; but we are not closed out from God. Daily, we are faced to choose what we will put our faith in during these crazy times. Will it be in the white house? The news? Your bank account balance? Or, will you anchor yourself to God and His Word. Only the unchanging and unmovable God can anchor you in an ever-changing world. When the fears about tomorrow pile on top of all the battles we are facing today, we must have something that grounds us back to reality and truth.
When you place your hope in God, the storms and battles of life will still come, but they will never overtake you. God is a solid rock where you can drop your anchor and trust in His faithfulness to protect and steady you - even when the world around you is sinking.
Hebrews 6:19 – ‘This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.’
Matthew 7:24-25 – ‘Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.’