Here are God’s words to you right now…”For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. Believe it and claim it right now!!!!
An anchor which is normally made of steel, is used to connect a vessel to the bottom of a body of water to prevent the craft from drifting due to wind or waves. It is viewed as a symbol of safety and security. When the anchor is grounded in the bottom of the sea or lake, there is NOTHING that can move the ship or boat from its mooring.
Many stormy days came to buffet us during 2020. Now we start afresh in 2021. The year ahead is uncertain and may continue to bring storms, BUT we have the assurance that God is our hope, the anchor of our souls in the midst of the storms. He is holding us securely through each turbulent blast of wind and waves. So NOTHING can move us away from His secure hold on us.
Is He the anchor of your soul today? If not, call out to Him now and ask Him to be your anchor and you will learn that He is there for you every minute of every day.
February 20, 2020: Seeds purchased and delivered.
March 20, 2020: Seeds put in soil, watered and placed in sun-room with heat at a constant 67*.
April 20, 2020: Baby plants are sprouting, thinned some of the overcrowded pots.
May 20, 2020: Young plants are strong, ready to go into outdoor garden but weather isn’t right yet. Will hold off planting for another few weeks.
June 20, 2020: Plants are in outdoor garden, have been fertilized and staked (supports are in for plants to grow on). Watering often!
July 20, 2020: Plants have been pruned four times, most have flowers or baby fruit on them. Watering every day since we’ve had little rain.
Anxiously waiting the harvest!!
Ever feel like a tomato?
I don’t mean sun-burnt, or round in figure (Bhaaaa!!!)
I mean that you are in the process of something…waiting for “harvest”.
Maybe it’s the process of buying a house,
or planning a family,
or deciding on retirement,
or praying through an opportunity for missions,
or getting through your education.
Whether you are in the beginning, middle or nearing the end of your process we can all appreciate the steps it takes to reap a “good harvest”.
Like the process of the tomato, we plan, purchase, prepare, plant, prune, pause and eventually through patience, produce the end product.
It takes time!
God does the same thing with us:
He made a plan for us from before time began!
He purchased us thought the blood of Jesus.
He prepares the way for us.
He plants us where He needs us.
He prunes us when we need it, to make us more fruitful for Him.
He pauses, (long-suffering) for us to grow, to lean, to choose Him.
He patiently waits for the final product—life with Him in glory!
All of this take time!
So, be patient with yourself, grown in the LORD, gather others along the way, and keep your eyes on that final product!!
The harvest will be so sweet!!
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. John 15:5
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 1 Corinthians 3:6
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
Perfect eye-sight is 20/20. (Based on seeing clearly at 20 feet from any given object.)
When someone says they understand 20/20, it means they can see the issue clearly; they completely understand.
20/20 is a program on TV where the journalist tries to give us all the information we need to clearly see the topic.
20-20 is also slang for scanning the immediate area, making sure you see what’s happening (urban dictionary).
Here we are in the year 2020!
As a teen, I had a much different idea of what this year would look like:
More “outer space”, less earthy.
More minimal, less drama.
More energy, less aging. (Bhaaa!!!)
More clarity, less questions.
I certainly could not see clearly, 20/20, into this year from 1987.
Actually, I can’t see clearly into the next few hours, let alone the next few days or years!
No matter how much I “scan the immediate area”, listen to journalists, or get my eyes tested, the future is still a blur!
There is only ONE Who sees 20/20, understands 20/20:
1 John 3:20b …He knows everything.
Psalm 147:5b …His understanding is beyond measure.
Revelation 1:8 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
As we walk into 2020, let us lean fully into the God Who is 20/20!