Never Let Go

Renee Ann Smith —  November 10, 2014 — 18 Comments

As a high school English teacher, I love figurative language, imagery, metaphors . . .

Any word pictures that open my eyes to see a truth in a new way and help me move beyond head knowledge to heart knowing.

Here’s one of my favorites from Hebrews 6: 19&20 . . .
“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us.”

I learned from the book One Minute After You Die by Irwin Lutzer that
“In ancient times, the forerunner was a sailor who helped a vessel enter the harbor safely.
He would jump from the ship, wade to land, and fasten the strong rope of the ship to a rock along the shore. Then, he’d use a winch to bring the ship in.”

So death is like a sailing ship being anchored to shore by a trustworthy forerunner.

Isn’t that a beautiful picture? I can just imagine it . . .

Those 1st century sailors, fearing for their lives on a storm-tossed sea. Their ship nears a harbor.

They choose their strongest man and send him over the side.

Trembling, they watch and fear and pray as their man battles the waves.

Finally, he reaches shallow water and steps out on dry land. He finds the surest rock and ties off the ship.

The sailors rejoice.

Because though they remain at sea—buffeted by winds and waves for a time—they know their salvation is sure.

Their forerunner has made it safely to the other side.

And so will they.

And very soon they’ll be with him on shore. Safe. Secure. Victims of life’s storms no more.

I love how verse 19 sounds in The Message: “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.”

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May we encourage each other to place our hands in His, never look back & never let go!

Thanks for stopping by today. Blessings, friends!

***Photo Backstory: I made this graphic from an iPhone pic of the beach in Destin, Florida, taken during last year’s Deep Thinker’s Writing Retreat. Of course, PicMonkey is my editing tool of choice. Feel free to Pin, Tweet, download & share.

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Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

18 responses to Never Let Go

  1. This was just lovely and the graphic was so beautiful. Thanks for the feeling in my heart today~
    Blessings for you!

  2. What a wonderful word picture, instead. The hope of knowing our Jesus has gone before and will anchor me safely and see me home. This is so soothing to my soul. Thank you for linking at Unforced Rhythms.

  3. Thank you for sharing your inspiring post with us here at “Tell Me a Story.”

  4. Renee,
    I love this word picture and how you explained it via Lutzer…Thank you very much 🙂

  5. Hello Renee,
    I am visiting from Holley Gerth, Coffee for your heart and really enjoyed your post. Destin is a beautiful area-loved the picture. I really love the quote …”grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go..” So perfect!

  6. Now I have that song “Oh, no, you never let go …” in my head. That’s a good one. And a message that is so worth holding on to. I’m glad you linked up at my place today.

  7. This is just beautiful, Renee. I love reading God’s Word in The Message, and the graphic is lovely. I found you through Thought-Provoking Thursdays, but I’ve been here before. Time to subscribe!

  8. Wow, what beautiful imagery! Thank you for writing!

  9. Renee, this was just lovely. I always love your images but the message in this post was so comforting. Blessings to you. xoxo

  10. So needed this today… Very, very much so. Spoke directly to my heart. Thank you, dear Renee.

  11. Visiting from Sandy’s place. So glad I came by!

  12. Thank you for your explanation on what a forerunner is and how the word was used so long ago. I am so grateful that Jesus is my forerunner. In a world full of uncertainty, I can be sure that hope, love, grace, and everything wonderful can be found in Him.

  13. Your thoughts today on the verses from Hebrews were some I’ve never heard before and they were so insightful. Happy to be your neighbor at Still Saturday!

  14. As always, a beautiful post. But the graphic is what spoke deeply. This morning I am grabbing hold of His promises with BOTH hands. Blessings!

  15. I am blown away by Hebrews 6:19-20. What a beautiful image to know that Jesus is our forerunner. Thank you so much for sharing. Blessed you linked with The Weekend Brew.

  16. What a comforting picture! Thanks for sharing on Equipping Godly Women Fellowship Fridays!

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