In your life, what is it that anchors you? Who do you look to for stability and strength? What grounds you? This is an important theme which I would like to mull over this week.
As we mature, we come to realize the importance of groundedness. To ground is “to place on a foundation; fix firmly; settle orestablish. ” (Dictionary.com). As we look through the Scriptures, we see that it is God’s design that we be grounded. In Genesis 1:9 as God is creating everything, one of the most important things that God does was to separate the waters from the land -thus creating solid ground for people. IN Psalm 40, the Psalmist proclaims that, after “lifting him out of the slimy pit, he puts his feet on a rock, giving him a firm place to stand.” (verses 1-3).
In the Revelation, John sees a vision of the re-ordered world for the faithful. Chapter 21:1, reads:” Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.” In the bible, “the sea” is synonymous with chaos. So, as it was in the beginning, the same applies for the future. The new renewed creation is a place where order is restored. The Rock that is Christ, meets us and grounds us in His love. The sea of chaos and uncertainty that once gripped us is dispersed.
Jesus came to this world to engage people and bring healing. He came to ground us. “For no one can lay a foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor 3:11). In the Gospels, time and time again, we see how Jesus brings order and stability to chaotic situations. He heals a woman who had known only suffering and pain for 38 years. He restores a demon-possessed man to spiritual health. He re-establishes Peter – transforming him from a denyer to “the rock upon which I will build my church!
It is a statement of the obvious to say that we live in a chaotic world. Sadly, our own personal lives are impacted and reflect this chaos. How grounded are you? Do you hear Jesus voice in the midst of the chaos? Do you know what to listen for? As we enter this time of Advent, a time that SHOULD be characterized by reflection and intentional contemplation, it is often the opposite. I invite you to not simply remember the rock who grounds us but also to draw strenght and direction from Him.
This great hymn is of comfort and encouragement…
When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
In His Peace, Rob+