Ever feel like you have had a lifetime of sways and bobbles and fierce up-endings? I know I have. When I was younger, many times I went with the waves-wherever they took me. I followed the passions and opinions of those around me. Often in a supreme effort to people-please I flailed helplessly as the waters overtook me. I let my own emotions lift me up and crash me down with the same velocity. I made many mistakes and suffered the consequences. I did not know it was even possible to have something to help “hold me in place”- to keep me steady in the midst of the storm.
Many Christians embrace the anchor as a symbol of the hope they have as believers in Christ. It caused me to ponder. Why an anchor? It is easy to defend its value. Even on a clear calm day the anchor keeps the boat (no matter the size of the vessel) stayed firm in place- without danger of floating out to sea or drifting too close to shore or crashing into vast nearby rocks.
I was curious about how mariners use an anchor during a ferocious storm. I learned that the anchor becomes vital to the survival of the vessel. The seafarer chooses his or her heaviest and most secure anchor; then sets it directly into the wind. This placement will insure that no matter which way the wind changes the safest gear will be in front keeping the boat or ship stable.
I am grateful that I heard of an anchor of hope when I was 25 years old. Though I have still tossed and turned and made mistakes- the anchor has remained strong and steady.
In my lifetime, I have rarely witnessed a more fierce storm than the one that is happening around us right now. It is shaking us. The rolling waves of unrest and hatred sicken us. It is dizzying, nauseating and scary. The storm is a violent one surrounding us from all sides and yet…
The anchor is right there- readily available to place directly in front of us- directly into the hammering gales. An anchor- so powerful we can place it firmly in the path of the storm and it will hold us steady and strong. An anchor of hope: immoveable and unchanging. A symbol of safety. A representation of security. No matter how vicious the storm.
Hebrew 6:19 says, “Hope we have as an anchor to the soul“. Our hope as anchor to the soul is placed in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Our hope is for a better, happier future because of Him. Place the anchor of hope directly into the wind. This Anchor will keep us steadfast and secure.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf...
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
P.S. The sailboat I posted was made and given to me many years ago by Glenn, a prison inmate who created these beautiful vessels with wooden picks and scraps. Upon release, we continued to correspond for several years. He married, had children, and dedicated his life to living for Christ.