The shrill alarm awakens my tired body. I punch the snooze button and fall back asleep. Nine minutes later the irksome sound repeats. I repeat the punch and drift back to dreamland. The annoying sound returns and this time I rise from bed. I tiptoe to the kitchen smelling the aroma of new mercies in the form of coffee.
Leaning against the counter I hold the warm liquid mercy and ponder my dream. Rarely, so I remember my dreams. The fact that I can recall this dream so vividly requires much consideration. Last night I dreamt I was climbing a rope high in the air. It reminded me of the ropes I climbed in elementary school. In my dream, the rope I was climbing had no knot, nowhere to rest nor get a better grip. My hands were tired and I wanted to rest. I clung to the rope with sweaty palms and I awoke with these words on my mind: “Lord, give me a better grip!”
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. (Hebrews 6:19 NIV)
In the predawn hours I whispered to God, “Lord, I am holding onto your anchor, but a need a better grip! I need the strength to hold on. Lord, strengthen my hands, my heart, my body, and my mind. Amen.”
Better grip. My weary heart and sweaty palms needed a better grip today. I searched the Bible for a grip reference and discovered these treasures:
“So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees.”
(Hebrews 12:12 NLT)
“Stand firm and keep a strong grip on the teaching we passed on to you both in person and by letter. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.” (2 Thessalonians 2:15-17 NLT)
When I think of clinging to God’s anchor as described in Hebrews 6:19, I image myself grasping the shank of the anchor, feet dangling. Yet, 2 Thessalonians 2:15 tells us to “stand firm and keep a strong grip.”
“My own hand laid the foundations of the earth,and my right hand spread out the heavens; when I summon them, they all stand up together.”(Isaiah 48:13 NIV)
“I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.” (Psalms 16:8 ESV)
Today, I examined the parts of an anchor. God showed me, my position will determine my rest. Yes, I could dangle from the shank of God’s anchor, but wouldn’t it be more restful if I stood firmly upon the anchor’s palm… if I stood firmly on His palm.
“See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.” (Isaiah 49:16 NIV)
This morning, I prayed for strength and a better grip. Today, God reminded me to stand firm and rest in Him. He has provided strength and a new grip in the Christ’s engraved palm.