“We will not hide them from our children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.” Psalm 78:4
I read the email while spaghetti boils over on the stove and garlic bread threatens to burn in the oven. My neck tenses and an ache settles deep within my stomach and heart. We are three months away from our next move with the military, and I’m not ready.
A glitch in our housing arrangement at our next duty station. A longer than expected wait for our home. A list of temporary apartments attached at the bottom of the email. I can’t bare to click it open.
What seems too good to be true ends up being just that.
The dominoes begin to fall. I allow my mind to run alongside them.
A longer wait for housing means our son’s last summer before going away to college will most likely be spent in a hotel or navy lodge.
Our dog will need to be shipped off to stay with a family member.
The thought of living out of a suitcase for an extended period of time exhausts me.
One email opens a pit of panic so deep, I fall hard and fast.
I throw dinner on the table and retreat to my bedroom for a quick moment to pull myself together.
I am aware that my family’s climate heavily depends upon my attitude and a frazzled and anxious me does not make a peaceful home.
Before I can talk anyone else off the ledge, I need to take a step back and anchor myself to a firm foundation.
I go to the only place I know to go. I don’t have it in me to make it all happen. I need an anchor that can steady this rocking boat and promise safety amidst the strongest of storms.
I know this anchor. It has proven strong and faithful. This anchor is sure to steady me in the most tumultuous of seas.
Recognizing God’s hand in our past, and confident of His hand in our future, is that anchor.
We are mandated to remember the mighty hand of God in our past.
To recall his mighty deeds in days by gone, and remember his miracles of long ago.
To not only remember what the Lord has done, but also to share His mighty works with the next generation, our children, and our children’s children.
We have a history to remember.
We have a responsibility to etch the handiwork of our God in to the hearts and minds of those who come after us.
Our God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He will not fail us now. Our past has proved it. Our future relies upon it.
This anchor is trustworthy and connects us to hope beyond our circumstances.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the only true anchor for our souls. He is the One who knows all things, and He is faithful to walk with us through all things.
We must be deliberate in slowing down, moving toward a posture of trust, reliance and remembrance.
When the anchor is entrenched deep into the sea bed, only then is the ship stable.
This anchor keeps us from floating aimlessly out to sea.
We rely upon its dependability, having full confidence in its ability to protect as we move forward in to the great unknown.
Then and only then can we face these uncertain times with godly certainty.
“For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.” Psalm 117:3
“May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children.” Psalm 90:17
“I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.” Psalm 77:11