Living in the WNY area I have enjoyed seeing different historic landmarks in our area. One of my favorite places to visit is the Buffalo Naval Park. I have watched this area distinctly change over the last 15 years. But at least this one thing has remained with all the additions to the area. There is a lot to see with a nice museum to walk, a simulator (though I’ve never been in it), however the most striking part is what I call the big ships. You can walk on board the USS Little Rock and walk through the complete ship, seeing where men ate, slept, worked while they lived out at sea. Personally, I would not like to live in such a ship but I am grateful some are willing! To look at the large submarine docked here, you have to wonder what kind of man it takes to be willing to defend our freedoms in this way.
I have been through many circumstances in my life and I grew up feeling as if I could only truly count on myself. That all changed when I met Jesus in January of 2003. It was then that my temporary anchor was pulled in and a permanent anchor was laid down. If you are not sure, an anchor is an object used to keep a vessel from drifting away with the wind and waves; an object used to attach a ship (or boat) to the bottom of the ocean (or sea, lake, pond – a body of water). You may or may not be aware that there are temporary anchors and permanent anchors. If you have ever been out in a boat perhaps you have used a temporary anchor. When I was a child we used to go to the Adirondacks regularly and it was common for us to take a canoe out on the lake. As I grew older I would paddle the canoe out to a quiet spot on the lake and I would let the anchor down and swim, read, or sunbathe. I didn’t want to canoe to drift where ever it may so I used the anchor to stay in one spot. When I wished to paddle back to camp I would simply pull in the anchor and return whence I came. I wouldn’t expect that little anchor to help if there were a storm with heavy wind and waves coming my way. If I want something to help me stay put for the long haul, I need a permanent anchor. A permanent anchor would keep a ship or buoy or other seaworthy structure set in place so that wind and wave could not move the structure.
In the world of anchors the chain links for the anchor used for the largest ships weigh more than five hundred pounds each! A person walking amidst such a chain would look like one of those little plastic green army men! The anchor used to be a commonly used symbol for Christianity. Many tomb stones from the Roman persecution of the first century bear an anchor alongside words of hope. It is a strong reminder that Jesus is our anchor.
Are you dragged around by the waves of life? The circumstances that crash against you, this way and that? Does the wind blow you off course? In a world that is ever changing the only constant I have found is Jesus. He keeps me on course, permanently anchored in His word. He makes me strong when I have no strength of my own. He reminds me of who I am, who He has created me to be when everything around me tells me otherwise.
If you have never checked out the big ships in the Buffalo Harbor you will be delighted walking around canalside!