Is your rope attached?

It is the sort of thing that happens in ‘b-grade’ movies, you don’t really expect it to happen in front of your eyes.  

This is the situation:

I am in a dinghy approaching a larger boat when I run out of fuel for the motor (yes – I had been told to take some spare – but that is another story!).  So, I am now rowing with moderate success but the current is working against me.  As I approach the boat, my whole family comes out to help.  I make an attempt to throw the short rope connected to the dinghy but unsuccessfully – then a new plan is hatched.  A long rope is bought to the back of the boat and it seems that everyone has suggestions which include the obvious “hold onto the end of the rope!” 

A particularly ‘girly’ throw ensues and the rope falls well short – at this point my son takes the rope and says “I’ll do it” and then he does… a great throw…he tosses the whole rope over the side, neither end of which reaches me! After the laughter subsided, the rope was retrieved and contact was finally made between the two vessels.

When a rescue mission is needed it is imperative that one end of the rope is attached to something secure.  Without that simple but powerful truth, you are on your own and floating in the current.

 “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…”   Hebrews 6:19 

Do you have an anchor? Is it well attached?  If you don’t I will happily toss you one today – His name is Jesus and I promise that He won’t let you down!

Stuck up or supported?

It felt like a cross between a face-lift and a try out for becoming the next NASA space shuttle pilot!

Last weekend we took the kids to Luna Park and immediately after we walked through the huge, open-mouthed face, we saw our first ride.  It is one of the rides that has been at the park forever, an old favourite which I can recall using when I was a kid – the Rotor! 

The idea is simple: You stand against the wall and the round room spins faster and faster and the centrifugal force holds you onto the wall.  To make matters more exciting, the floor drops away and you are left “stuck” to the wall as you spin wildly around and around. The downside is that every part of you is trying to flatten itself against the wall…the skin feels tight upon your face and any ‘jiggly bits’ you have migrate away from their normal positions! As the floor drops away you are glad that you are held in place but the restriction confines you and holds you safe on the wall.  

Riding the Rotor did make me think about our lives and how it is good to know that even at times when the floor drops away that there is a great ‘force’ holding you safe.

But this ‘force’ is not some ethereal cosmic energy but a real and immanently knowable individual who is reaching out to you. 

So don’t just be ‘stuck’ in your circumstances and challenges, be supported and protected as you face every trial and obstacle with Jesus by your side!