I’ve been around sailing most of my life. Not day in and day out, I wasn’t born on the deck of a ship or raised in the crow’s nest.
But I grew up skimming the waters of river inlets and bays, running the sail up and down the mast, and ducking under a boom as the boat swung hard during a tack. I grew up sailing on several of my grandparent’s boats and attending sailing camps to perfect my skills on the sea.
I say all that to say the term “anchor” isn’t something new to me. It isn’t a foreign concept at all the way it might be to someone from Kansas who’s never even seen the ocean before.
The idea behind the anchor has always been there for me, but recently, I sort of re-woke to what it really means.
You see, the anchor is for holding onto. It’s behind one of my favorite sayings (hold fast) and it keeps the boat, well, anchored in any sort of storm or weather that blows it all to bits. It secures the boat to the ground and makes sure whatever way the waves may go, you stay fastened to where you want to be, often for your own safety, avoiding the dangers of the storm or coast.
As I thought about it more and more I thought how important it is that, as humans, we have an anchor. Something that we can hold fast to, that keeps us rooted and grounded and steady on the goal, whatever that goal or focus may be.
As I thought more and more I kept coming back to God. I know that’s cliche, but it’s true. If God is truly your anchor, if He holds you steady in this world, then there is nothing that will smash your boat against the rocks.
I have always tried to love God more than anything in this world. Sometimes that hasn’t been easy. But I know with God as my anchor, the storms that rise won’t phase me, the winds that beat down won’t hurt me, and the waves that crash against me won’t shake me from my place. If He is my anchor.
I don’t claim to know much in this world, but I do know with God as my anchor everything else will be okay. Even when it doesn’t seem so. Even when it hurts. Even when you’re struggling terribly.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” - Jeremiah 29:11
God’s got me & He’s got you. He will forever & He will for always. He’s the best anchor a boat could want.
Just hold fast.