An old sea captain was quizzing a young naval student. "What steps would you take if a sudden storm came up on the starboard?"

He replied, "I would throw out an anchor, Sir."

"What would you do if another storm sprang up aft?" asked the captain. "I'd throw out another anchor, Sir."

"But what if a third storm sprang up forward?"

"I'd throw out another anchor, Captain."

"Wait a minute, son," said the Captain. "Where in the world are you getting all those anchors?"

The young man replied, "From the same place you're getting all those storms."

Personal storms or crises have a way of showing up unexpectedly. The person without some anchors can get blown away. The best anchors on earth are these: dependable friends; a stable, loving family; a church home; and a personal relationship with the One who is bigger than any storm. (Bill Bouknight, "Just a Thought")

-PreachingNow 06/22/04