Those of us who were able to go on the church weekend away this year were really blessed by the ministry of Neil and Anne Le Tissier. They spoke on the united theme of Hope (that is found in Christ) and Help (how we reach out effectively to others). The talks were all recorded if others want to listen to them.
One of the images that stuck in my mind was shared by Anne. She showed us a picture of the main harbour on the Channel Island of Alderney. It has a huge protective wall, apparently built for the occupying forces during the Second World War. The provision of this wall means that sizeable ships and boats can shelter in safety and stillness in the harbour even while the seas just the other side are furious. Anne reminded us that the placing, or anchoring, of our hope in Jesus provides us with a similar peace and safety even while all around us seems chaotic.
The truth and outworking of that assurance means that, in the light of all that is going on around us, Jesus wants us to know His peace. In the midst of whatever troubles and concerns, fears and doubts you know, Jesus wants us to know His safety. When surrounded by fierce attack or heaving uncertainties of life, allowing our anchor to sink deeply into God’s love enables us to rest in, and draw upon, the security of His protection.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13.)