My family goes camping every single summer; same spot over the last 60 years. My family was the one that decided we should get a paddle boat. Others have jet skis and speed boats, but my family thought it would be fun to have this little paddle boat.
So we paddle around this lake. It was maybe about three miles. There’s a couple of swim areas and there’s also a cove, which is kind of fun to swim in. As we went around the lake, we learned very quickly that even a paddle boat, once you got into the water, was very small on this lake. If you want to stop somewhere and you want to hang tight, you realize quickly that can’t hang there very long without continually working and paddling; you have to drop an anchor.
So being a little bit creative, we worked with what we had and we simply found a milk container that we had finished on the beach and filled it with sand. So then whenever we went around the lake and wanted to stop in the cove or stop to fish, we just dropped this little makeshift anchor. Now this would work for a short period of time but eventually the thing would break and you’d have to make another one.
I think this is what we all do in life. This is what we do when we feel a sense of unease or unrest, when we have a storm inside our life. We try to reach for an anchor and a lot of times these are anchors that we make. The problem with these manmade anchors is we’ve added weight to a container which wasn’t originally intended to hold that sort of weight. They can hold that little paddle boat on that small lake in one spot for a little while, but if a big storm came or there was a strong wind, you better believe that we would have been pushed out of the spot.
Maybe you can look at your own life and wonder what anchor you’re reaching for. Where do you have a sense of security and firmness? You might believe you will be all right because your finances are in a good spot, your job is doing well, the house is almost paid off. We can reach for these things, and all may be good things, but we can reach for these things and we can give them a weight they were never meant to hold.
We have this hope as an anchor for our soul. It is firm. It is secure. It it enters to the inner sanctuary behind the curtain where our Forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has gone before us. He is the anchor for our soul. He is the one that holds us secure.(Jesus) has gone before us. He is the anchor for our soul. He is the one that holds us secure. Click To Tweet