Anchors and Angels

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. (Hebrews 6:19a NIV)

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Horse Creek Inlet where we dropped anchor on our first night on the river

 

Every ADVENTure has its moment of suspense.

We embarked on our journey yesterday around noon.

We plan to cover about 50 miles each day, and anchor out most nights except for a couple stops down the way. As we have been boating for about five years now, I trust our navigator (my husband, Les) and I trust our anchor.

Anchoring out on the boat allows us to stay in more secluded locations, which is part of the ADVENTure. We had a few recommended spots from the Active Captain website. The Tom Bigbee waterway is curvy and narrow with no islands to anchor behind like on the Mississippi. Our choices this trip include sandbars, creek inlets and along the shoreline outside the main channel.

It can be a bit intimidating when our little boat encounters large barges with little room to maneuver. So you can see why I was a little nervous about anchoring out in these conditions. But we settled on a creek inlet at dusk with just enough light to lower the anchor.

We settled in for the night. We checked our special radio to see if any barges we coming up or down the river soon, and to my relief no barges were out there. We  made it through the night without any barges mistaking us for the shoreline.

In the morning, we enjoyed our coffee in the quiet inlet. After breakfast, we prepared to pull up the anchor.

Les got most of the rope and chain pulled in, when the anchor would NOT budge. It was caught on something, most likely a submerged tree. This was not good.

We jockeyed the boat around using small taps on the throttle to see if we could dislodge the anchor from the snag. Les pulled, I jockeyed the boat. Les alternated between pulling on the anchor and pausing to think; and I prayed for God to give Les wisdom and strength. This went on for several attempts.

At one point, when it looked like we might have to cut our losses, I asked God to send water angels to loosen the anchor. (Not my typical request, but we needed that anchor.) We maneuvered the boat one more time. Our last ditch plan was to increase the power and head the boat towards the shore to see if we could yank the anchor out with force, but instead at that moment, Les decided we should use idle reverse.

The anchor pulled up with ease. I shouted thanks to Jesus with tears in my eyes. He heard my cry. Our anchor held through the night almost too well. And our Jesus and His angels came through in our time of need.

Have you ever noticed how much the angels

were involved around the birth and life of Jesus?

Check out these references in Scripture:

Psalm 91:11

Luke 1:11-20

Luke 1: 26-38

Luke 2:8-15

Matthew 4:11

Here are some photos from the river journey thus far.

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Leaving Kingfisher Bay Marina in Demopolis, AL
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Leaving the Demopolis Lock

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Inside the lock once the water drains, a “waterfall” forms

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Keeping the boat on the bollard inside the lock
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Pit stop for Kokomo on a sand bar
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White Chili for dinner made in a travel crockpot which cooks while we putter along in the boat

 

10 thoughts on “Anchors and Angels

  1. I loved reading your story! It was very suspenseful, yet I knew all along that God would come to your rescue somehow. The “anchor & angel” theme reminds me of Hebrews. Jesus is the anchor of our soul and as Hebrews 1:14 says, (speaking of angels), “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?” – seems that the angels did their job quite well! Hallelujah!

    Constance
    SimplyLiving101.wordpress.com

    1. Constance- I’m glad you enjoyed the story…I like recounting God’s goodness to us! We ate at a fish camp tonight and the cook came out and talked with us a little…I have allergies so she special cooked my fish in crisco instead of peanut oil…she told us of a time when she was allergic to her shampoo and her face broke out…she decided to go to church anyways to pray for healing and the next day her face was better…she walked off and said that’s my testimony for today…amen, I say! Yes God’s angels minister to us and rejoice when we repent! Hallelujah!

    1. Thanks Fran! We have black magic…just kidding…we have a wifi hotspot and we charge up our laptops every few days. Tonight we just happened to have good cell coverage and shore power to use the electricity here instead of the boat batteries. When we get to Florida the marina will have wifi…it’s a connected world! It’s a dream trip for us…we are on vacation now, but Les will be working from the boat once we get to Florida. Yay!

  2. It is so fun travelling along with you, and seeing your waterways. My husband and I used to work for British Waterways who look after all the canals in the UK so it is a familiar world to us! And I love your reference to water angels (and, of course, that they helped you out!). All the best Advent{ures} build our faith I think.

    1. Victoria- that is so cool that you used to work for the British Waterways…we would love to travel there too, but we’d have to rent a boat…our boat is too small to cross oceans, of course 🙂
      Yes the best Advent{ures} do build our faith!

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