Britton was chosen by his school to participate in the Knox County Elementary School Track & Field competition. B’s teacher selected him for the tug-of-war team. While B is just 10, he’s a solid little guy…with broad shoulders, strong arms and powerful legs.
B was told he would be the “anchor” for the event. He was happy with this role, as his teacher explained that he would be the critical support at the very end of the line.
The role was simple. He was told to not let go of the rope- no matter what. He had to keep moving his feet backward against the opposing pull. He was instructed to keep the line tight and encourage his teammates to pull with him.
The stabilizer. The base. The anchor.
The book of John discusses an anchor that we have available every day- the Holy Spirit. In chapter 14 Jesus was comforting the disciples. They were worried about his upcoming persecution and death. Jesus told the disciples of a counselor that would be present to bring them peace:
All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:25-26
When we are distressed and hurting, we only need to pray and ask for help. It’s there.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. Romans 8:26
My prayer this week is for awareness to call upon the Holy Spirit to provide an anchor for my life. Please let me know how I may pray for you.