In spite of advanced technology in the 21st Century, we do not have complete control over weather conditions. A journey therefore rocked by a storm would do good with an anchor. An anchor would give us an assurance of comfort and protection. It would get us into the mode of ‘stillness’ from that of being shaken up and tossed about.
Recently, I happened to be with a beautiful young lady who was wearing a T-shirt with the words, ‘I will never anchor’ printed on it. All through my conversation with her, I couldn’t draw my eyes away from that print. Finally I asked, ‘Why would you not ever anchor?’ The prompt answer was, ‘Because I’ll never sink.’ A little taken aback, I thought, ‘I refuse to sink’ would have been a humbler approach. It suddenly dawned on me that the world could be strangely over confident and that there would always be two ways in which to look at things.
As human beings, we invest in securities, pension plans, medical insurances and the likes. These are advertised as magnanimous anchors to keep us stable in the storms of life. In the pride of our financial strength, we begin to believe that such investments will help us from sinking. However, many physical storms bring along emotional downpours. The anchors of wealth do not help to still a tossed mind. A bigger anchor is often needed.
Hebrews 6:19 says, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”
As human beings, we often carry either the burden of fear or the load of pride and ignore the lightness of faith.
In the middle of a stormy sea we cannot sit to cry in fear. The captain of the ship has to drop the anchor to stay stable. He cannot in pride allow the ship to sink and not get it anchored to safety.
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