Michel: Faith acts as anchor in rough seas

Published 12:04 am Saturday, January 6, 2018

We’re only a few days into 2018. Did yours begin with an explosion of good news, or do you feel like you are limping into the new year saddled by old, or even brand-new problems?

Personally, I’ve had a little of both. And whether I feel as though I’m on top of a mountain, or drifting in a flood of circumstances, trying to keep my head above water, my heart turns toward the One Who is worthy of my worship.

God consistently reads my thoughts, soothes my soul and stills my questions with the reassurance of His love.

I often find His comfort from the simplest of phrases. Perhaps that’s because I’m like my daughter Monique who said of herself, “Deep down, I’m a very shallow person.”

Regardless, a phrase from the Bible has been my source of comfort lately. It was in the account of Noah. He and his family were cooped up in an ark filled with animals (and the noise and smells those animals produced) as they floated on the water, which had flooded the earth.

Then, right in the middle of the story, Genesis 8:1 reads, “But God remembered Noah…” God knew exactly where Noah was and soon caused the water to recede, and the ark to rest on a mountain.

I believe that God remembers us, too. Even when we feel as though we’re drifting into doubt and can’t see the end of the storm, like Noah, we are not forgotten.

May that thought anchor us this year.

Ronny Michel may be reached at rmichel@rtconline.com.