Have you ever gone to the beach and floated around in a little dinghy or on a rubber raft, enjoying yourself and your surroundings, and then, looked up to find you had drifted far away from your starting point?
A boat unattended will also drift along with the watery current and out to sea. Sometimes, it’s subtle, imperceptible. Sometimes, with the compelling force of a storm. Wrecking the boat on an unseen sandbar or a hidden, rocky reef.
Though the ship is battered and the sails torn, as the lyrics go, the anchor holds.
The anchor of our soul, the anchor of our hope in a storm, in life, is Christ. He anchors us in His safe harbor.
So, when an immense storm comes with its swelling surges of heartache, when an ill wind of financial circumstances wraps its tentacles of debt or lack around you so tightly breathing is difficult, when you create your own dark clouds of anger, bitterness, or unforgiveness, and it all begins to rock your life’s little dinghy…remember…you are not as one without hope.
You are not as those who end up wrecked on a sandbar, as those without a Savior, without “Christ…living in this world without hope and without God.” (Eph. 2:12 CEV)
Stay anchored to God’s Word, His truths, His grace, His hope, His presence. Listen to Him. “So we must listen very carefully to the truths we have heard, or we may drift away from them.” (Heb. 2:1 TLB)
The writer of Hebrews tells us that hope is “an unbreakable spiritual lifeline,” “the utterly reliable anchor for our souls, fixed in the very certainty of God himself in Heaven.” (Heb. 6:19 Msg, Phillips)
If your heart wanders like a rowboat let loose, drifting away from the shoreline, out to the open sea, what becomes of it? Have you drifted far from your starting point?
Don’t become de-anchor-ized! Cling to your anchor of hope!