"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. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God." Romans 8:26-27 ESV
"I feel like that must have been one of those prayers where the Spirit intercedes with groanings too deep for words," my husband said after praying over a difficult trial on the horizon. We were still allowing the good news we received two days prior to sink in, and all of the sudden we were facing our biggest fear.
What is God doing? How am I supposed to feel? These questions, among many others, flooded my mind. And to be honest, I don't know what to do with a single one of them. As I write this, I am experiencing "all the feels" but in the opposite way...fear, heartbreak, confusion, and numbness. Yesterday, as I laid on the couch, I felt the calm, cool breeze usher in through the back door. Stillness all around me but chaos in my head. Yet, I felt peace as my mind rested on the truth that God is both good and sovereign. What do we do when we can't weed through our thoughts to find the root of our emotions? Or when our world feels so overwhelming that it's all we can do to simply hold on for dear life?
We cling to the Anchor. Jesus is our constant. He is our anchor. We can have peace in the unknown because of who He is: The Unchanging One. Everything in this life is uncertain and ever changing, but Jesus remains the same forever...and He will hold us fast.
"Christ the sure and steady anchor,
In the fury of the storm;
When the winds of doubt blow through me,
And my sails have all been torn.
In the suffering, in the sorrow,
When my sinking hopes are few;
I will hold fast to the anchor, It will never be removed."
Matt Boswell | Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor
Father, we know we will face many trials on Earth. We are often left so confused about how to move forward in faith. Help us cling to Christ, our Anchor, and grow in our trust of You. Help us to rest in You, though our minds are clouded with many emotions. Oh please, hold us fast, Lord. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Reflect on the truth of Hebrews 13:8 and what that means for your life today. Rest in Him.