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Aug. 4, 2003 Herald Journal
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The upside anchor in all of our lives

By LYNDA JENSEN

Recently, I've been surrounded by people who are experiencing intense sadness for different reasons.

One family worshiped with us at a Hutchinson church, got into their car, and were killed in an accident near Owatonna (all killed except for the two-year-old son).

What makes this worse is that they just had a newborn baby boy who was also killed in the accident.

In the next Sunday's service, both the baby's birth and death were documented in the bulletin.

Another couple, dear friends of ours, is having medical issues with their little son, and financial problems, too.

Rain falls on the righteous and the wicked. We all have free will to choose evil or good ­ and evil travels a long way 'round.

If you remember the prophet Job in the Bible, he was described as "blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil." Yet he endured catastrophes in his life. There is evil in this world, isn't there. Death is a fact of life.

I think that times of distress are the only times that faith grows ­ not that God is ever associated with evil, but that everything works according to His purpose. He will take bad things and turn them into good.

In the Bible, it says that God will occasionally test us like metal is purified; a heating process that removes impurities from the original element.

For example, when gold is put through a fire, the impurities are burned off and the pure gold remains.

I remember telling one friend of mine that certainly God thought she was titanium or some kind of high temperature metal because her troubles were fairly serious.

Gold is for wimps. It has a low melting point. God won't test you beyond what you can bear, and some of us with high melting points go through a rough purification procedure.

Of course, I don't need to remind you that God is capable only of good. We know this.

Missionary David Abernathy says that God is like an anchor in our lives, keeping us on course, and on track, when the storms of life throw us to and fro.

But ,unlike an anchor that might drag the ship down, this anchor is set in heaven ­ an upside anchor, if you will.

It pulls you up, not down.

"God gives us the mercy to spare us and the comfort to repair us," David says.

I say never give up! Never lose hope! And pray. It is the best healing of all.

"Prayer moves the hand of God," David said. He is right.

"The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. And he prayed again, the sky poured rain, and the earth produced its fruit."

James 5:16-17


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