While vacationing in Branson several years back, my parents decided to go sailing on Table Rock lake. So they rented a pontoon boat. That’s not particularly remarkable…lots of people go boating on Table Rock every day. Except at the time, none of us had ever been captain of a vessel!
The guy at the dock asked “Any of you ever drive a boat?” We silently looked around at each other.
Realizing we hadn’t, he quipped “No problem, it’s simple.” Of course, this came from a guy who’d been on the water thousands of times!
He quickly launched into a well-rehearsed three-minute spiel, started the motor, stepped off and said, “Have fun!” That was all the instruction we received!
A few moments later we were gliding across the open water, wind in our hair and sun on our shoulders! Ah, the freedom!
About an hour into our voyage we decided to “pull over” and eat. Mom opened the cooler, I turned the engine off, and we began to chow down.
If you own a boat, you may have noticed we forgot to care for one very important detail: the anchor. Without mooring, we drifted. We were so busy with lunch that no one noticed the boat was moving. We drifted all the way to the shore! When time came to start the motor again, we were stuck.
I learned a very important boating lesson that day: unanchored boats drift. In a similar fashion, unanchored people also drift.
We live in a windy world full of questions, opinions and experiences. These cause us to drift if we’re not properly anchored. You can find yourself resting in the calm waters of faith on Sunday morning…but on Monday the winds of life push against your soul, and drift sets in.
When that happens, you need an anchor.
I love the verse that says,
Therefore, we who have fled to him (Jesus) 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 (NLT)
Hope in Jesus is an anchor for our souls!
Did you know that “hoping” and “wishing” are very different? Hope is an expectation. When you wish for something, certain things still need to be done. But when you have hope, you expect something. All the necessary parts have already been cared for. You’re just waiting for the expected event to happen.
You can have hope because Jesus has already done everything needed for you to have what you’re looking for! You can know what kind of day you’re going to have because you put your anchor down!
So…how can you get anchored to Jesus? It’s not as hard as you might think!
Psalm 23 says “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…”
In Hebrew, the word “follow” can be defined “to pursue vigorously.” That means God’s goodness and mercy are hunting you down! You can run but you can’t hide…that’s God’s promise! But there is something you must do…
You must choose to hope every day…and in every situation. When things don’t go like you wanted them to, you need to choose hope over every other option…and refuse to become bitter. Everyone has something they would like to be different. That doesn’t change the fact that God’s goodness and mercy is pursuing you.
This week I challenge you to anchor yourself to the goodness and mercy Jesus provided for us. They are for today as well as for eternity. Don’t let anything move you away from his truth…not your past…not people…not circumstances. Throw out your anchor into his grace and stop drifting today!