We’re all familiar with phrases like “going through a rough patch”, “things are up in the air” or “on shaky ground”. These typically imply some difficulty or uncertainty whether related to an outcome, relational dynamics, or an individual struggle. It is in the midst of the unknown that we desperately need a solid foundation.
When I think of summer, I think of being at the ocean or a lake. After spending some time at the beach recently, I noticed boats of all types and sizes and I became curious about the process of anchoring a boat. After reading about what is involved, I learned it can be quite a process! When the anchor is dropped, it must reach the seabed. Interestingly enough, once the anchor is dropped, the ship must be put in reverse to ensure the anchor digs firmly into the seabed. It serves the purpose of keeping the vessel from drifting due to water currents. How true this is when it comes to dropping an anchor in God’s word. In allowing His word to work from the inside out in our lives, sometimes backing up and digging in and staying there for a while, helps ensure our position regardless of the current or waves in life. The longer the ship is anchored, the more force is required to remove it. As we dig into God’s Word, the foundation of who God is and the truth of His word provides a steady and stable place in our lives. Moreover, the more we continue to go back and dig into His Word, the harder it is to be shaken or removed from it.
Let’s coin a new phrase: What might it look like to “drop anchor” in God’s truth about you and live based on that truth? What an encouragement to know that our identity and self-worth can be rooted and anchored in God’s love and who He says we are regardless of circumstance, other’s opinions, or our performance.
Where will you “drop anchor” today?