Anchored in Hope

anchored in hope

A few years ago, I got a tattoo on the inside of my wrist that depicts an anchor and four stars, with a scripture underneath. The verse is Hebrews 6:19, "This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary."  So, the picture of the anchor symbolizes hope. I got the four stars around it to represent myself, my husband, and our two kids. Meaningful, right?

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Yeah, I thought so too. Except for the fact that I was really not very hopeful at all at that time. I felt overwhelmed by the kids, angry and resentful of my husband, paralyzed by making even the smallest of decisions--I was a mess! I guess I was trying to speak this “magical” hope into existence by force of will and by this permanent reminder in ink on my body. I really wanted it to be true but I didn’t know how to make it so.

After a series of terrible events during which I tried to (almost) single-handedly destroy everything my family and I had worked toward for the last decade or so, God graciously restored and redeemed my family’s situation through my husband’s and my salvation. Now He has begun to use us in ways that we never would have imagined and we are so unutterably grateful. Recently, my husband Craig and I were reflecting on the anchor and the hope that this symbolizes in Jesus but also discussing how the stability of a vessel at sea depends on its proximity to the anchor itself. For example, a ship that is tethered to its anchor by a short chain will experience a lot less movement than one that is held by a long chain. The vessel on the longer chain will experience a lot more movement and turbulence when the water is rougher.

This is easily translated into our spiritual lives as well. The closer we are anchored to Jesus, the less we will be tossed about by the metaphorical wind and waves of our circumstances. Using the same mental imagery, we can picture a dog on a long leash or a child in a harness with too much leeway--the amount of trouble they can get into is directly proportional to the length of distance from their master, or parent! When we allow ourselves to become too far from our Anchor though, it’s not only trouble we can find ourselves in--despair, darkness, discontentment, anxiety, sickness, and confusion are all in abundance when we move away from the Savior.

One of our associate pastors at church has jokingly made the statement that we should be so close with God that “when He holds His breath, we turn blue.” While, this is clearly a joke, the sentiment behind it is absolutely true. We need to be in constant fellowship with Him, daily seeking His face and asking for guidance from the Holy Spirit. The Bible says in John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.

Take heart, it says, or in other words, have hope. By spending time reading these encouraging words, you are making them available for the Holy Spirit to bring to your remembrance in times of testing. Don’t be intimidated by the size of the waves or the storms in your life—you have The Rock as your anchor. He is immovable, unchangeable, and everlasting and He will take care of you!

When I asked Jesus into my heart and put God at the center of my life, hope and grace found ME. Even though my life isn’t “perfect”, I am content. And I know that no matter how the ocean churns or how rough the waters get, my anchor will hold steadfast. If you don’t know Jesus, today I encourage you to grab onto the One in whom your hope will be found!

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