Revolving Door Challenges

Normally when I find myself sitting in the lobby of a nice hotel waiting on a meeting to begin I am on my smart phone checking e-mail or some socially interactive venue. This time however as I sipped on dark roast coffee and parlayed the time I noticed a nice young lady cleaning the glass doors. Not really something that attracts attention, but the doors were of the revolving design and thus presented quite a challenge! My gaze began with interest, then progressed to fascination and landed squarely on humor as I beheld this dedicated hotel employee trying desperately to remove smudges and finger marks from door after door as people came in and out. I was impressed with her ability to strategically land perfectly back on the exact door she had to hurriedly let go of after each entry. She was good and she actually accomplished her task. Not her first time around! (sorry, couldn’t resist) As she finished and I headed off to my meeting I thought to myself just how her task resembles ours in many ways.

For example as a nation that was clearly founded upon biblical principle and precept it seems that year after year we face one challenge to faith and family after another. Founding Father Samuel Adams (“The Father of the American Revolution”) fully understood this and reminded citizens: May every citizen in the army and in the country have a proper sense of the Deity upon his mind and an impression of that declaration recorded in the Bible: “Him that honoreth Me I will honor, but he that despiseth Me shall be lightly esteemed” 1 Samuel 2:30.

Numerous other Founding Fathers understood this truth and clearly expressed it. In fact, political leaders for generations embraced this belief. For this reason, President Abraham Lincoln reminded the nation in the midst of the Civil War: “It is the duty of nations as well … and to recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord … But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace – too proud to pray to the God that made us.” Such is the life of a nation, but what about the life of an individual? What about my life and your life? Without God it can easily resemble a revolving door.

In a letter written to the Christian believers in Rome who were of Hebrew descent we find these words… “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast,” In the catacombs of Rome, where Christians hid in times of persecution, one symbol can be seen more than any other: the anchor. No matter what storms come our way, we are anchored in the Word of God, in the promises He made. We have this sure hope that He will do what He says. So don’t go back to temple worship, entreats the author. Don’t go back to heathen practices, to partying, to wherever else you came from. Be anchored in the immutable, unchangeable, sure, and steadfast Word of God. I read years ago that when the president of Gordon College, R. Judson Carlberg, was driving along the ocean near his home in Massachusetts when he saw two stately 17th-century sailing ships. They were replicas that were built for a movie being filmed nearby. “The breeze was stiff,” Carlberg reported, “straining the rigging and the crews. Yet each ship stayed the course and didn’t capsize.” He explained the secret of their stability. “Beneath the waterline each had a deep, heavy keel—a part you don’t see.” The keel was essential for keeping the vessel steady in rough weather. What is it that holds us steady when fierce winds are blowing across life’s sea? What keeps us from capsizing when we are under stress and tension? What enables us to sail on, despite the strain? It’s the stabilizing keel of faith in our sovereign God. It’s our unseen relationship with Christ. As He commanded the wind and the waves on the Sea of Galilee, He also controls the storms and squalls of life that threaten to sink us or drive us off course. Our faith in Christ is an “anchor of the soul” If the world seems to be spinning out of control and just when you get one thing accomplished another springs to the forefront of your life, it’s good to have an anchor! The good news is that you don’t have to live your life going around and around with no end in sight. There is one you can put your faith and trust in that will bring life clearly into focus.