In a previous post I mentioned the Apostle Paul’s shipwreck. This past week as I revisited this story, I concentrated on what the Bible says those men did.
They cut loose the anchors which kept them from moving forward; abandoning them in the sea. They untied the ropes that held the rudders immobile. They hoisted the foresail to the wind, hung on, and made it to shore.
Thinking about this, I compared it to times in our lives when we’ve thrown out the anchors and refused to move forward in God’s will.
Our anchors, whatever our individual anchors may be, keep us in one place. Stuck. Static. Immobile. We see the shore up ahead, but are paralyzed.
Our frozen rudders render steering impossible.
Our sail does us no good furled.
When we allow our faith to beat out our fears, however, we’re willing to cut loose the anchors, untie the rudders, hoist the sail, and hang on.
At this point we’re committed.
We’ve released our life into the All-Powerful hand of the One who controls the winds and the seas to carry us safely to shore.
Cutting the anchors, releasing the rudders, and hoisting the sail can be frightening. Don’t I know it. We believe it’s safer to stay put.
We know what to expect where we are. The unknown is altogether different.
Our fears can cause us to think of worst-case scenarios, can they not?
Although my fears probably look different from yours, I’ve allowed fear to freeze me in my tracks far too many times. I’ve allowed fear to replace faith in God. I’ve allowed fear to keep me from moving forward in the path God calls me to.
Perhaps you’ve done the same.
The only way Paul and the others on his ship reached the safety of land was to cut loose their anchors, untie the rudders, hoist the sail, and let God direct their path.
Any anchors you need to cut loose?
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Cutting loose the anchors, they left them in the sea and at the same time untied the ropes that held the rudders. Then they hoisted the foresail to the wind and made for the beach. Acts 27:40 (NIV)
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