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March 31, 2008

Beauty for Ashes

An Anchor for the Soul

A YOUNG MISSIONARY SPEAKER came dressed to the evening service at our small country church in northeast Georgia in blue jeans and a plaid flannel shirt. After being introduced, he informed us that he wasn’t yet in his comfort zone; so he put on a hardhat and tool belt from which hung tools, a rope, and a hook. He explained that while a student at Toccoa Falls College, he had worked summers in the construction of high-rise buildings in Atlanta. He described the various pieces of equipment, illustrating how he could secure himself to a building, leaving his hands free to work.

While dangling hundreds of feet in the air, the winds would buffet him about; the cold wet rains would fall upon him; and he would sometimes get bruised or scraped. But whatever happened around or to him, he had an anchor point—a lifeline to the building—and would not fall. He may be cold, wet, uncomfortable—or even in pain—but he was secure. He knew he could trust his equipment to hold him and he never doubted it.

Is not this the kind of faith we should have in Christ? When we are resting securely in His care, we stop depending on self-effort. We no longer struggle. Panic subsides. The frantic quest ceases. We are RESTING. We must simply depend on the faith we have in Christ and let Him support us and care for us.

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. (Hebrews 6:19)

(By Ms. Brenda Ritchey, Toccoa, Georgia, Toccoa Falls High School and TFC Alumna, TFC Staff. Taken from the book: Leaves From the Tree God Planted © 2006 by Toccoa Falls College, p. 114-115)

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