Age: 58 // Favourite Food: My three weaknesses are cheese, chocolate and coffee. // Dream Job: The one I have… pastoring alongside my husband at Relate Church for the past 28 years and traveling this beautiful globe teaching on Marriage, Family & relationships in many global churches. // Current Season: A season of exciting transitions – empowering new generations coming through and embracing new opportunities for the future. The best is yet to come – always! // Met Jesus: I always knew Jesus and loved him but made a solid commitment to His Lordship in my life when I was 22. // Favourite Verse: Proverbs 4:23 ‘ Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.’ // Website: www.relatechurch.ca // Instagram: @helenburns
I am forever grateful to God for the stunning promise He tucked into my heart in the midst of one of the scariest seasons of my life. It felt like a bomb went off and exploded into the very center of my seemingly idyllic family and everything that had felt safe and secure in my world was rocked to the core. I was praying desperate prayers and grasping for daylight in that night season and that is the place where God met me.
It happened early one morning as tears were streaming from my eyes and I was praying for my youngest grandson, who was 2 years old at the time, when his father left. My heart was broken as I thought of the challenges he could be facing in his future.
I had been reading from Exodus 2 about the miraculous story of Moses as a baby, and his brave mother Jochebed, who defied the Pharoah’s ordinance in order to save her baby boy from destruction. Instead of allowing him to be killed, she created a waterproof ‘ark’ for him and bravely placed him among the bulrushes in the Nile River. Though he would often be in harms way, Jochebed anchored her hope in God, trusting Him with her son’s life. Though everything didn’t go according to her plan, God made a way to safely and securely bring him into his destiny and life’s purpose. I’m sure Jochebed could never have dreamed that her son would one day become one of God’s greatest leaders who was chosen to rescue the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt!
In those moments with God that day, He whispered hope into my heart as He spoke tender words of peace to me. He said, “Don’t be afraid – I am holding your family and everything that is so very precious to you. Anchor your heart to mine and know that I am holding you too.’
About four years have passed since that storm hit and though we still face intense turbulence at times, we have experienced an abiding peace that passes human knowledge and understanding because we have fastened our trust, our faith, our anchor to Jesus.
This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.
‘We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God…’ (Hebrews 6: 18-20 Message)
The dictionary defines an anchor as ‘a person or thing that can be relied on for support, stability, or security; a mainstay’. An anchor is only useful when the ship is out upon the open waters, which are often tempestuous and dangerous, not when it is moored to a safe and sterile dock.
Though storms will rage all around us, we don’t have to allow them to rage within us. We can’t stop them from coming, but we can decide how we choose to respond to them. By allowing God to be our anchor we can experience STABILITY, STRENGTH, PEACE and CALM in the craziest storms of life.
‘Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. (Philippians 4:6-7 MSG)
I truly have a great confidence in God and so many reasons to trust.