Blowing in the Wind
Do you have an anchor? A device, method, or person that you depend on to help you get through difficult times? An anchor, as defined, is an object that is normally made of metal and used to connect a floating vessel to the bed of a body of water. The anchor prevents the craft from floating off and out of a desired area, due to the wind or current. Most sailing schools will advise their captains to carry two different types of anchors. A lightweight anchor, that will dig into a soft water-bed and hold tight, works fine in sandy and soft conditions. But when faced with a rocky or solid water-bed, an anchor that will dig into the harder ground with added weight and power is necessary.
When we apply the practical illustration of anchors to how our lives drift or may beÂ affected by storms, perhaps we think that several types of anchors are also needed. In reality though, there is only one anchor that needed, and it is a multipurpose anchor, that holds fast and faithful in all types of winds, currents, and even storms. It is the anchor made of hope, which only God can provide.
The anchor of hope, sounds very weak and flimsy and more philosophical than practical. When I have a problem, I generally want immediate action, a quick and permanent fix; an anchor of hope just doesn’t sound very solid. But we should not underestimate the anchor of hope, for with it holds great power and strength.
The school system in a large city had a program that helped children keep up with their school work, during long stays in the city’s hospitals. One day, a teacher assigned to the program, received a routine call asking her to visit a particular student. She took the child’s name and room number and spoke briefly with the student’s regular classroom teacher. ”We’re studying nouns and adverbs in his class now,” the teacher said, ”And I would be grateful if you could help him understand them, so he doesn’t fall too far behind.”
The hospital program teacher saw the student that afternoon. No one had told her that the boy was badly burned and in great pain. Upset at the sight of the child, she stuttered and stammered as she told him, ”I’ve been sent by your school to help you with nouns and adverbs.” When she left the boy’s room, she felt she hadn’t accomplished much.
She, however, returned the next day as scheduled, really unsure of what the purpose of her being there was. When the hospital teacher reached the floor that the boy resided on, a nurse asked her, ”What did you do to that boy?” The teacher felt she must have done something wrong and began to apologize. ”No, no,” said the nurse. ”You don’t understand what I am saying.Â We’veÂ been worried about that child, but everÂ since yesterday, his whole attitude has changed. He’s fighting back, responding to treatment. It’s as though he’s decided to live.”
Two weeks later, the boy explained his turn around. He said he had given up hope until the teacher arrived. Everything changed when he came to a simple realization that he expressed this way; ”They wouldn’t send a teacher to work on nouns and adverbs with a dying boy, would they?” The anchor of hope secured a boy’s willingness to live.
God’s anchor of hope secures our future for life too. God’s anchor is made of the finest materials, is a multipurpose anchor, and holds in all types of weather. His anchor is made from His sound promises and oaths that are unchanging. We are secure in both, as He is truth.
As the disciples faced the days immediately after the death of Christ, they felt they were without an anchor. Their hope was lost, the future appeared dim. But within three days, the light shone again, with their anchor restored. The days that followed secured and strengthened the anchor even more, as they continued to learn and witness further miracles, with a greater understanding of just what Christ stood for. It is this meaning that affects the anchor of hope, which we all must hold on to. The disciples grew spiritually, as they basked in this knowledge, and so can we.
Our focus verse this week centers on the anchor of hope and the promises of God. It is the anchor, which allows us to move forward, for without hope in the promises of God, we have nothing. We are freelyÂ granted the eternal privilege of entering into the inner sanctuary, the safe holding, to stand in God’s presence. Because of Christ’s sacrifice, we are saved, purified, and given the honor to spend eternity with God; for a commitment cost of only belief. It is our belief, which provides the anchor of hope, for all which we face while on earth.
This week, as we study, it is important for us to understand how blessed we are, that we have this anchor to hold on to. We would be foolish, to not ground ourselves with the anchor of hope that we are freely given.
This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Hebrews 6:19 (NLT)
Securing the Anchor
Knowing we have an anchor on board is great, but having one on board and using it are two entirely different things. It is important that we rely upon the lovingly given anchor of hope, every day, and not just when the wind begins to get breezy or the current changes. God’s greatest promise is the one of acceptance, allowing us to remain with Him in the most sacred of places.
It is important, that we use the anchor He provides us, in and through all types of weather patterns, even on a bright and sunny day, as the wind can always shift without a moment’s notice. We can be secure with who we are and what our lives will be, with an anchor that holds tight to the promises of God. We can live our lives without worry for the future, even while the pressing and crushing anxieties of the world whirl around us. But we must have an anchor of strength.
If you want to find the security in the anchor of God there are a few steps needed.
- Locate the anchor and understand its strength ”“ You will find your anchor with your belief in Christ and the teaching that He encompasses.
- Lower the anchor and secure it in a bed of faith ”“ The faith factor is the stronghold of the strength, the anchor will hold. Secure it daily as you read and meditate upon the Word of God. Once you have dropped and secured your anchor, do not try to pull it up by solving your own problems. Seek God first, always.
- Rely on the anchor no matter what ”“ The big storms of life are when you really need the anchor, however if you come to trust in the promises of the anchor on a daily basis, there will be no fear to face when the winds pick up and the current shifts. This daily dependence will create a great spiritual growth, building consistently upon the secure reliance of trust.
Keeping the stronghold of the anchor of hope in place allows you to face the impossible. It is with the anchor of hope, which you can respond to seemingly unbalanced situations with courage. Much like the story of the boy’s baseball team; a man approached a little league baseball game one spring afternoon. Seeing a boy in the dugout, he asked what the score was. The boy responded, ”Eighteen to nothing ”“ we’re behind.” ”Oh my!” exclaimed the man, ”I’ll bet you’re discouraged.” ”Why should I be discouraged?” replied the little boy. ”We haven’t even gotten up to bat yet!” When your anchor is in place your attitude towards the impossible is different.
You can rest assure, that when your anchor is secure in God, the future is always bright. There are more than 7000 promises that are in the Bible, many of which are already proven as true. This alone should provide a challenge to step out in faith, with your anchor of hope. As you are freely provided the anchor through the love of Christ, this gives you great comfort as you rest securely in your faith, knowing that not one person or situation can ever remove what God has given you. You can face the storms, with your anchor of hope firmly embedded in God, for without the anchor, you have nothing to keep you safely in place.
Happy Mother’s Day, to all of you, who are mothers or who have treated others with motherly instinct!
Love in Christ,
There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them.
Clare Boothe Luce
Credits ”“ Student Hospital Story -Bits & Pieces, July 1991.
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Have you found your anchor? Do you check it daily to make sure it is still secure to your vessel? Have you faced hopeless situations with your anchor in place and found the security you need? Join us in discussion on securing our lives with the anchor of hope provided by God.