Anchor: a heavy object attached to a rope or chain and used to moor a vessel to the sea bottom, typically one having a metal shank with a ring at one end for the rope and a pair of curved and/or barbed flukes at the other.
An anchor is a strong and steady instrument of stability. Made of usually a heavy iron or steel , the anchor serves as a force of stability in the face of the rough seas ! When a ship or boat docks it’s the anchor that keeps the vessel from being pulled away from safe harbor. In the event of an unexpected and overnight storm – again it’s the anchor that keeps the vessel from being swept away in the night and even if the dock becomes damaged by the winds of the raging storm- the deep positioning of an anchor keeps the ship it’s tethered to sustained and stable. Notice I said that the vessel is tethered or tied to the anchor.
In life there are seasons of storms and raging seas. I’ll be the first person to admit that I’ve been rocked and rolled by the violent winds and heavy rain in my life. I’ve crashed upon the rocks and I have been beaten down by torrential rains along with being nearly drowned in tsunamis of my own making. How many of us can honestly say that we haven’t been there at least once or twice in our lives ? Whether the storm came in the form of addictions, sexual or physical abuse , divorce or something else , we’ve all been there. There on an angry sea and holding on for dear life ! What do you do in this kind of life or death situation ? Do you accept your fate? Or maybe be Fred Sandford and say ‘Weezie I’m coming to join you ” and basically just give up ! Or should we tie Our Anchor Jesus to our vessels and ourselves? Even in the worst of situations, we can have the peace of mind that comes out of being tied to The Anchor.
“You will keep the mind that is dependent on You in perfect peace, for it is trusting in You.” Isaiah 26:3 HCSB
With this text in mind , the only thing that we have to ask ourselves is do we trust in The Anchor? Can you and I trust Jesus with our lives? Are we willing to give up our own way of doing things in exchange for the peace and stability of letting Him do what He does best – bear our burdens. David said it this way:
“Give your worries to the Lord, and he will care for you. He will never let those who are good be defeated.” Psalms 55:22 ERV or
“Cast all your cares upon him, for he takes care of you.” 1 Peter 5:7 CPDV
God cares about you. In fact, He cared so much for us that He took on human form as Jesus; His only Son and sacrificed His life in exchange for our lives. God never intended for you and I to live a life full of stress and anxiety. Nor did His plan for mankind include the strife and misery that touches us too often. But after man’s fall in the Garden of Eden we were made subject to the evil of the world. Still God’s unfailing love found a way to keep us anchored to Him in His Son. God gave us the Ultimate Anchor for the storms in life and all that He requires that we do is trust in The Anchor !
Remember when the disciples got in a boat to meet Jesus on the other side? Better yet, here’s what the scriptures say about what occurred :
“And as they were sailing, he slept. And a windstorm descended over the lake. And they were taking on water and were in danger. Then, drawing near, they awakened him, saying, “Teacher, we are perishing.” But as he rose up, he rebuked the wind and the raging water, and they ceased. And a tranquility occurred. Then he said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they, being afraid, were amazed, saying to one another, “Who do you think this is, so that he commands both wind and sea, and they obey him?””
Luke 8:23-25 CPDV
No matter how frightening the storms seems, and no matter what you see in the danger in front of you- know that Jesus is on board ! Take His hands and let Him keep you anchored to Him ! After all though the winds may roar and the waters may rise, put your faith and trust in The One who commands the winds and the seas !
There’ll always be a storm in life that comes along and tosses us into a state of chaos and confusion. The things that we hold most dearly can be the very things that rock us to the core. I never thought I would ever stop feeling the toss and turns of losing the love of my life. But I managed to remain anchored in The One who can speak to the winds and call forth peace and tranquility! Without that anchor I would’ve surely shipwrecked, and I would’ve perished on my sea of grief.
So I urge you to anchor yourself to the Ultimate Stabilizer; to tie your ship to an Anchor of peace and security. God never promised that we wouldn’t have storms in our lives. But He did promise you that He would not let ‘the waters overtake you ‘!
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and the rivers will not cover you. When you walk through fire, you will not be burned, and the flames will not scorch you.”
Isaiah 43:2 CPDV
Let this be of some encouragement to you! As the saying goes: Let go and let God! Let go of your fear of drowning in an angry sea. Don’t be afraid of the currents and remember most importantly that you have an anchor! If it feels like your vessel is taking on water and the winds are threatening to capsize you- just keep your mind on the One who’s on the boat with you ! He will not allow the waters to overtake you ! Above all else, stay tied to The Anchor and watch the storms in your life become calm waters of peace and tranquility.
Have A Glorious Day,
LaShandri Foxx Newman