Growing up as a Navy brat, I came to appreciate (clean!) military humor … like this funny “Prayers of Military Officers.”
One day, three O-6s were hiking together and unexpectedly came upon a wide, raging, violent river. They needed to get to the other side, but had no idea of how to do so.
The Air Force Colonel called out to God, praying, “Please God, give me the strength to cross this river.”
POOF! God gave him big arms and strong legs, and he was able to swim across. It did, however, take him more than an hour and he almost drowned a couple of times.
Seeing this, the Army Colonel prayed to God saying, “Please God, give me the strength and tools I need to cross this river.”
POOF! God gave him a rowboat and oars. He was able to row across but it still took almost an hour, it was very rough, and he almost capsized several times.
The Navy Captain saw how things worked out for the other two, so when he prayed to God, he said, “Please God, give me the strength, tools and intelligence to cross this river.”
POOF! God turned him into a Marine Lance Corporal. He looked at the map, hiked upstream a couple of hundred yards, and walked across the bridge.
I just finished making a very special batch of Springerle cookies. I normally make them for Thanksgiving and Christmas, using a holly design, but this batch of the anise-flavored treat was in honor of my father-in-love’s 90th birthday. (These are the cookies prior to baking, hand painted with anchors.
Many years ago, Dad (Robert F. Wilson) served in the Navy on the USS Rudyerd Bay (an escort carrier), but now he serves as a docent on the USS Midway, now a museum in San Diego.
Part of our birthday celebration included honoring his naval career—hence the anchor theme.
But I have to tell you, there’s something that I celebrate even more than Dad’s career. I celebrate his character!
Many years ago, Dad anchored his life in Jesus Christ, and that choice affected not only his life and ministry through the years, but also his marriage, home, parenting and grandparenting. He trusted the Lord for salvation, and his family would all testify today that he reminds us a lot of Jesus in his character—especially his faithfulness, wisdom and love.
Hebrews 6:18 speaks of the hope we have in Christ and the God who cannot lie; and verse 19 says, “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast ….”
When we place our faith in what the Savior has done for us—redeeming us from sin and giving us eternal life—we are firmly anchored in Him!
To be “anchored” in Christ is to be securely fastened to Him. Just as an anchor keeps a boat from drifting, our Redeemer, our Anchor, is unmovable. In His faithful love we are held sure and steadfast.
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).
To be anchored in the truth of scripture is absolutely vital to our Christian testimony and our ability to bring glory to God and serve Him. When the Category 5 storms of life come—tough trials and temptations—we know we will not run aground.
It truly is a blessing to be unshakably anchored in the Rock of our salvation.
In the words of an old hymn by Priscilla Owens, “Will Your Anchor Hold in the Storms of Life?”
We have an anchor that keeps the soul,
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll;
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.
Are you anchored in the power of a saving relationship with Jesus … or are you trusting in lesser things that will fail you in the storms of life?
If you are not “anchored” in Christ, you can become a Christian right now.
Old Anchor and wild river graphics, adapted, from Pixabay