As we sail these waters of life, we often need mooring posts along the way to give us rest, allowing us to restore energy, and take a brief refuge from the billowing waves. When someone contacts you for help or to be a solid refuge in times of trouble, are they encouraged and uplifted by the time they leave? Or haven’t they even noticed you are secured to Christ the Rock? A mooring is a structure to which vessels may be secured so they don't float away. They are found at quays, wharves, jetties, piers, or buoys further out in the water, and used temporarily instead of a boat’s own anchor. We are similar, Rock solid, fastened to Christ, immoveable from our place. Someone Christ can use to help others on their journey.
. There was a song written in 1943, entitled, In Times Like These. It refers to Christ as our solid Rock and counsels readers to make sure they are anchored to Him, especially during troubled times. In times like these, you need a Savior In times like these, you need an anchor Be very sure, be very sure Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock! Seeing we ourselves are anchored to Christ the solid Rock, we often become mooring posts for others. But do those others sail right by not realising what we are? Can they see the reassurance in mooring to us for a while? In a society filled with 'self', we can fall into the trap of finding little time for others or having little interest in their need to moor with us a short while. We can often find we have insufficient patience and faith for their worries, fears and dilemmas, being consumed with our own, despite being called specifically to patience and faith (Revelations 14:12).
Part of living our faith is reflecting the deep trust and assurance that Christ himself gave when on earth. He indeed was the anchor. People found that out simply by listening to Him and feeling the energy of love and care radiating from him. We don't need to wait for others to ask if they can moor with us, we can shout it out, "Moor here! I can help."
Mooring is not about talking, but being. The importance to others is that we reflect the solidity of the Rock in whom we trust. People today need that sense of security that displays the Rock that does not move from its place.
Matthew 24:23 says “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.” Other rocks and their moorings not of Christ will appear and try to deceive many people. Hence the importance of them knowing in whom we trust by our Rock solid faith.
Your mooring may be the only real one someone else sees. Is it solid? Does it example the haven of being with Christ or are you not sure? Is your Christlikeness exampled in the time you have for others?
Today’s prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for being the Rock, so my trust and faith, though billowed, never released from its mooring. Thank you for others to whom I moor for a time, and there example of Christ’s love for me in giving me the time and refreshing needed. Please help me be that same example of Rock solid faith, so others can moor with me for a while to find the same rest.
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