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.”
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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