You’re on deck, the sky is blue, a cool breeze whips around you, as the rippling of calm seas lulls you into peaceful rest. Life is sweet. God is good. You couldn’t (or wouldn’t dare) ask for much more.
A phone call.
Your ship tips. The seas swell. You lift your eyes, but all you can see is the wave…it’s coming right for you. You scurry across that once safe deck seeking refuge, but it hits and you are tossed into the raging sea. Broken and bruised you gasp for breath, searching for the surface. Crushing weight seems to grip your shoulders, dragging you down, pulling you away from what, only moments before, was your version of perfect.
Cliche choice: sink or swim?
Surrender or fight?
Throw in the towel or get up, dry off, and get on with it?
It’s not that simple, I know. That wave can really knock you off your feet. Unsteadiness, uncertainty, doubt, failure, worry, pain, inexhaustible effort, they can all translate very quickly into temptations that whisper, “Give up.”
And even when you garner the strength to fight to the surface, you might feel like you’re only staring down a sea of endless waves, taunting you, and threatening to crash, one after the other.
I know, I’m there, flailing somewhere in the middle. I’m bobbing between sinking moments of surrender before gaining just enough fight to get my head above water. I’m caught in a riptide trying to prove to God that I’m good enough to swim out on my own. “I’ve got this” I keep shouting, while I swim to survive, exhausted and overwhelmed.
I’m the buoy, swayed by the sea, straining the strength of its tether.
Here’s the thing … even a buoy needs an anchor.
“Life’s roughest storms prove the strength of our anchors” -Unknown Author
Where do you anchor in the middle of a storm?
It can be tempting to hold on to your emotions, hoping they’ll keep you afloat. Maybe you’re gritting your teeth, bearing down, and hoping that you can skim the surface by sheer force of will.
You will falter. Paddle, flap your arms all you want (I have), you’re strength will run dry (it has). Your best intentions, your emotions, whims, and wishes will fail you. You’ll sink, friend.
You were not designed to be an anchor. You are meant to cling to God.
He wants to be your anchor. Your Rock. The solid foundation on which you can firmly plant your feet. The deck, on which you stand, certain that He can and will command your sea.
Anchor yourself to Him. To His word. Hope is on the horizon, but the surest way to miss it, is to not look for it at all. Find a verse, His spoken promise to you, and hold on to it, like a lifeline in the midst of your storm.
Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. Hebrews 6:18-19
Are you sinking? Are the waves so furious you can’t catch your breathe? Despite your best effort, do you feel like you’re anchored in quicksand being drawn further down and away from any semblance of hope?
You are not anchored to God, friend. That’s burden, guilt, and sin that is weighing you down. That is weight you are not meant to carry. You are believing lies spread by an enemy whose single purpose is to get you to give up your last breath and surrender to the depths of darkness.
Fight! Cry out. Call out to God and I promise your raging sea will be replaced by streams of grace. Tell Him what weighs you down, what claws at your heart, and He will set you free from the chains that are anchoring you to sin.
God’s goal is not for you to sink, I promise.
He will be your anchor, if you’ll let Him.
Believe Him. Trust that He will command your sea.
He doesn’t promise you there won’t be waves, but He does promise that you don’t set sail alone.
Every ship has an anchor and God is yours.
Some of my anchor verses. I’d love for you to share yours…comment below!
“My health may fail and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart and He is mine forever.” Psalm 73:26 NLT
“The Lord Himself will fight for you, just stay calm.” Exodus 14:14 NLT
“Stay with God! Take heart, don’t quit. I’ll say it again, stay with God!” Psalm 27:14 MSG
“People with their minds set on You, You keep completely whole, steady on their feet, because they keep at it and don’t quit. Depend on God and keep at it because in the Lord God you have a sure thing.” Isaiah 26:3 MSG
“Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders—He’ll carry your load, He’ll help you out. He’ll never let His people topple into ruin.” Psalm 55:22 MSG
“Watch. Stand fast in faith. Be brave. Be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13 NKJV