They gaze in awe. Is this for real?
Just moments before they launched the Dorothy into the tornado and watched in amazement as thousands of little computers whisk away.
The storm cloud suddenly shifts threatening their immediate safety.
After a life-preserving run through a nearby field, they find safety by chaining themselves to plumbing anchored deep into the ground just as the funnel cloud passes over them. And for a moment, they allow themselves to rest in the storm until the cloud passes over, wreaking havoc along its chosen path.
It’s my favorite scene from the movie Twister.
After a lifetime of actively seeking resolution from a childhood event, the character, Dr. Jo Harding, rests in success of knowing her plan is working. Soon she will have the data she needs to create a pre-warning system created to save lives of those who find themselves in the path of the storm.
Dare I say she begins to experience healing & resolution from years of pain in the midst of this storm?
Author Sheila Wray Gregoire suggests that allowing ourselves to feel pain is actually a key to the process of healing. She states the physical feeling of pain, while not pleasant, will not kill us. It’s a necessary emotion to experience & process.
At the time I received this advice I too was in the midst of a storm. I knew I could not walk in pain of my storm alone. In the depths of emotion, I called out to Jesus and anchored myself to him. Like the characters in Twister, anchoring myself caused three things to happen.
I stopped running.
When I stopped running and just basked in his presence, I realized how much baggage I had gathered. Years of bitter memories fought to reach the surface of my heart. Issues I let slow boil until the pressure became too intense to keep shoved inside any longer.
I surrendered to the storm.
Anchored safely in Christ, I allowed myself to truly feel the depth of the emotions buried within me. In moments I was most overwhelmed the still, small voice of God called to me, encouraging me to participate in the struggle. Like a deep wound, healing had to establish within me. The old and ugly had to fester to the surface so true recovery could begin.
My perception shifted.
I prayed. I journaled. I released memories and emotions as they surfaced. I committed to prompt resolution of the emotions which reigned freely for so long. I accepted accountability for my actions. I allowed Christ to shift my perspective and change my heart.
When I anchor my life in Christ, I can allow myself to experience the depth of the life. I can feel the wind in my hair. I can position myself to fend off oncoming danger. I can see the first signs of light as the storm weakens.
I can experience the mighty power of God without fear of being overtaken by the waves.
Anchoring to Christ does not take away the storm. Anchoring to Christ does not relieve the tension of living in a broken world. Anchoring to Christ does allow me to rest in the storm, even when there is work yet to finished. Anchoring to Christ allows me freedom to move towards completion of God’s purpose for my life. Anchoring to Christ positions me for safety and keeps me from moving in a direction that could take me off path or place me in harm’s way.
Anchoring in Christ keeps me focused on my surroundings wisely judging each moment from a place of security as opposed to the storm clouds of my emotions.