South Harbor Church

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1907 64th Street SW
Byron Center, Michigan 49315
Sundays 9:30am

Let Your Anchor Guide You

April 4, 2020

Reclaiming Lent


Hebrews 6:17-20


Small vessels and big waves make for interesting moments. Jet skis and surf board enthusiasts embrace the waves. Duck hunters in a 14-foot john boat don’t! Though I have never surfed, I have done the other two. One is a riot and the other will leave you wondering about your ability to swim in waders. I have a few stories about swimming in waders but I will save that for another time.


Most of us would agree that the purpose of an anchor is to secure a vessel in place. I read something a few years ago that challenged that assumption. Securing a vessel in place is certainly a purpose for an anchor but it isn’t the only purpose of an anchor. Before the days of powered propellers, large ships under sail found it hazardous to enter a harbor if the entrance was too narrow and the wind was too strong. The only way to keep from being blown into the rocks was to lower the anchor into a smaller vessel. That vessel would take the anchor into the harbor and secure it on solid ground. With the rope in hand, the men on the main ship would pull on that rope to guide them safely into the harbor. The anchor was their guide. The anchor was their way.


In Hebrews 6:19 we read, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Take a moment and read the surrounding verses in Hebrews 6:17-20. What is really clear and really beautiful is that Jesus is our anchor! Jesus is our guide. Jesus is our way safely into the harbor. This short section of the bible is filled with words like “take hold of hope” and “be greatly encouraged”. It is as if the author knows something so powerful about Jesus that he invites us to rethink the purpose of the anchor. We are being invited to grab the rope and simply pull in some slack knowing we are firmly anchored in Christ and our anchor will hold!


Thought for the day: Hope and encouragement are vitally important. With all the talk about spreading the virus, let’s spread something else. Let’s spread encouragement, hope, love and laughter.


Spend some time reflecting on your anchor, Jesus. Remember his faithfulness through the generations. Remember where you have seen him at work around you and in you. Give thanks and pull in the slack on the rope as you draw near to the One who promises to draw near to you!


Today, pray for our local school administrators, teachers, and employees. So many of them are still doing their very best to connect with children, serve food, provide resources, and serve our community well.


Peace and Joy,

Greg VanderMeer

Fair Haven Church / Harbor Churches