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I’m blessed to be part of the launch team for author Micah Maddox’s new book Anchored In, Experience a Power-Full Life in a Problem-Filled World.
As usual, God knew this book would be just what I needed — right here, right now. This month has been hard. I don’t mean busy hard, although it’s been that. I don’t mean stressful hard, though we’ve had our fair share. I mean kick-to-the-gut, “I give in, Lord!” hard.
At the peak of this personal storm, I was actually handling things surprisingly well. I felt strong. I had prepared. I was in prayer and reading God’s word. I was also soaking in the wisdom from each page of Micah’s book. I was “anchored in!”
Until I wasn’t.
Along with our entire nation, I watched in horror as the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas last week. Just like the storm I faced, everyone prepared for the worst of it — the torrential rain, the gale-force winds, being without power and food for a time. Some hunkered down and waited. Others evacuated. When the sun began to peek through the dark clouds, I expect many breathed a few sighs of relief, just like I had. The worst was over.
Except it wasn’t.
We don’t have hurricanes where I live, but we do have flash floods. I can attest to the fact that they are often silent, sometimes unexpected, and almost always deadly if you’re caught in one unprepared.
The storms we face in life are sometimes very visible and easy to prepare ourselves for. It’s good to prepare. But if we aren’t deeply anchored, we risk being caught off guard and swept away by unexpected surges that can follow a storm.
That’s what happened to me. I got through what I had prepared for and patted myself on the back for handling everything so well, forgetting my Anchor. When the flood of emotions and reality came rushing in, they swept me right off my feet. I felt completely overwhelmed and without help.
Thankfully, God doesn’t merely offer an anchor to us — He is the Anchor. We don’t have to pray He will show up like a rescue boat as the flood waters rise. He is right there with us, within us, and available to us at a moment’s notice. We simply have to reach up and grab hold of Him. Let His safety and love wrap around us like a life vest. We have to anchor our minds to His truth and power.
In her book Anchored In, author Micah Maddox writes:
Sometimes it is more about where we are than what we do. (p. 47)”
In moments of desperation and darkness, we can either panic and try to fix everything ourselves — or we can breathe and find strength in our Anchor. That doesn’t mean doing nothing. Being “anchored in” is a very active and intentional act. But it also an act of surrender, remembering where we are and Who is with us.
When Peter stepped out into the raging seas, he forgot where he was. He forgot he was in the presence of the One who commands the wind and sea. He looked to the sea for his footing, instead of remaining anchored to the certainty of Jesus. Jesus would not have told Peter to step out into peril. He wanted Peter to recognize that no matter the circumstance, and despite Peter’s inability, with Christ all things are possible.
Whether we are preparing for an impending storm, hunkering down through the crashing waves, or wading through seemingly calm waters in the aftermath, we need to remember where we are, and Who anchors us. We are in Him, and He is in us. Don’t give the enemy a foothold either through fear, or complacency. Be ANCHORED IN to the God of Peace!
If you’re wondering about my storm, it hasn’t fully subsided. I’m still wading through murky waters, but I’m thankful for this powerful reminder from Micah:
[O]ur lives must be empty of our own strength in order to be filled with His. (p. 215, Anchored In)”
If you would like your own copy of Micah’s book, it is available on Amazon, Abingdon Press, MicahMaddox.com, and bookstores everywhere. I highly recommend it! You can read my full review of her book on Amazon and Goodreads.
I’m also offering a GIVEAWAY right here on the blog! Simply leave a comment telling me why you would love to win a copy of Anchored In.
Father, help us to remain anchored in to You. We pray for the people of Texas and all those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Wrap them in the security of Your love and strength. As they look out to an uncertain future, remind them where they are and that You are a mighty Anchor who will not fail them. If you would like to donate through Samaritan’s Purse to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey, follow this link.