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Caught in a Riptide

Updated: Nov 22, 2023

Caught in a Riptide

An ocean surf of words battered her

Tossing and turning

Persistent pulses chafed her raw soul.

The swirling tide of emotion tugged her

Pulling and dragging

Relentless riptides swept her away.

The roaring swell of anger engulfed her,

Tumbling and searing;

One grasping hand sought for a haven.

The driftwood of love buoyed her,

Supporting, soothing

Soft, silky sands now nudged at her feet.

The tiny ripple of words encircled her

Singing and dancing;

Whole hearted,

Now complete

By Tamara J Wanner

Maybe you've been caught up in a groundswell of emotion, generated by your own mind or coming at you through others. The love of God demonstrated by the person of Jesus Christ has the power to save, heal and deliver you to safe ground.

This hope [this confident assurance] we have as an anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it]—a safe and steadfast hope that enters within the veil [of the heavenly temple, that most Holy Place in which the very presence of God dwells], Hebrews 6:19 AMP

When God made his promise to Abraham, he backed it all the way, putting his own reputation on the line. He said, “I promise that I’ll bless you with everything I have—bless and bless and bless!” Abraham stuck it out and got everything that had been promised to him. When people make promises, they guarantee them by appeal to some authority above them so that if there is any question that they’ll make good on the promise, the authority will back them up. When God wanted to guarantee his promises, he gave his word, a rock-solid guarantee—God can’t break his word. And because his word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable. We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:13-20 MSG

I am grateful for the anchor of his love which holds me steady through life's storms.

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