I’m feeling a little “anchored-out” recently. Not for any deep philosophical reason. But because anchors are embellishing just about everything! Jewelry, napkins, signage, pillows, fabrics, dishware, you name it! I feel like shouting, “Hey! Not everyone has a boat or a beach house. Relax with all the anchor stuff!” And really, I get it, summer is approaching and vendors want to spark your summer sentiments. “You should buy this lovely pillow with a beautiful navy blue anchor on it and then imagine yourself peacefully sailing on that boat you can’t afford. Ahh, but you can afford this pillow.” My recent anti-anchor sentiments must stem from the simple fact of over exposure. Or that I have “beach house envy”. I prefer to think it is reason one.
My sorority, Delta Gamma’s, national emblem is none other than, you guessed it…the anchor! So in my search to re-bond with the mighty anchor, I looked up scripture and the definition.
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul. A hope that is firm and secure.”
“(1) A heavy device that is attached to a boat or ship by a rope or chain and that is thrown into the water to hold the boat or ship in place. (2) A person or thing that provides strength and support. (3) A large store that attracts customers and other businesses to an area.”
So what we find is hope, strength, support and attracts #’s; all good things. An anchor is meant to hold us strongly and securely in a place where we want to be.
My anchor-clad sorority days were anything but strong and secure because looking back, I really didn’t know where I wanted to be. For this chapter in my life, I let God know that this was my time and He could wait for me on the other end. This was my time for studying and theme parties. (Not in that order.) The Jesus theme only to emerge on a few Sundays when I decided I could use a sermon or help on a few exams.
Being raised in a faithful family doesn’t automatically provide the strength/anchor needed to endure the pressures of the world as a young adult. (Or an older adult for that matter.) We can’t piggyback on someone else’s faith, we must own it for ourselves. We must seek answers in order to have an authentic faith with staying power; the kind that anchors us and gives us true strength and hope. If not, our boat will drift perilously.
Be aware that there are many false anchors out there; available a-la-carte. How are you going to know the difference if you are not anchored? Is it time to stop treading water? Try diving into your Bible and start thinking from scripture. Strong recommendation: Get in a Bible study. Like a student, you have the opportunity to broaden your knowledge and foundation. With the King of Kings as your anchor, your life will never be the same again.
(I think I’ll go out and see about an anchor door knocker. – Reunited)
“He reached down and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.” Psalm 18:16
“Amidst the confusion of the times, the conflicts of conscience, and the turmoil of daily living, an abiding faith becomes an anchor to our lives.” Thomas S. Monson
“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.” Isaiah 43:2
“Hope is the anchor of our souls. I know of no one who is not in need of hope – young or old, strong or weak, rich or poor.” James E. Faust