Celia and I have always loved vacations. One of our favorites is renting a catamaran and sailing around the British Virgin Islands. We have been on a few of these trips with family and friends. When my brother first invited me to go, I wondered if we would be safe, sailing around the ocean.
As a college student, I spent a night on a houseboat on Lake Lewisville. We threw an anchor overboard, without tying it to the boat…which, was not smart. So, we were left with only one anchor. In the middle of the night, the wind shifted, and our large houseboat beached on the dam. The boat and brilliant sailors survived.
The experience made me wonder how secure we would be on a sailing trip. My brother assured me by explaining how we would anchor to a mooring ball each night. These mooring balls are secured to huge concrete slabs on the bottom of the sea and are trustworthy anchors for sailboats like we planned to rent.
He was right; we survived many windy nights on these trips. If the winds were strong or switched directions, our boat may have swung from one side to another, making lots of noise, but it was always secure.
On our last trip, we sailed out to Anegada, away from the rest of the islands, and that night a fierce storm blew in. Winds over 60 mph wreaked havoc on us and all the other boats in the harbor.
I woke up in the middle of the night and looked out our window. Huge waves surrounded us, and rain was coming down sideways. I couldn’t believe our anchor held us through this storm, but it did.
One of the boats snapped off the mooring ball, and beached. The next morning, we heard the beached catamaran was larger than 50 feet. Based on its size, the mooring ball was not a secure anchor and didn’t hold the big sailboat in the storm.
You can barely see the catamaran that beached during the storm, on the shore.
Our anchor is the hope we have in the Lord, that His promises are true. We believe He is with us in all of our circumstances, because He repeatedly has told us He will be (Psalm 16:8, 23:4, Matthew 28:20). We also believe when our lives on earth are over, if we trust Jesus, He will come for us and we will live with Him forever, because that’s what He told us (John 3:16, 14:3). That’s our hope!
“So, God has given us both His promise and His oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. 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
Jesus also told us we would have troubles. There will be storms, and circumstances we might not pick for ourselves. That’s how life is. But, He tells us in John 16:33, to take heart because He has overcome the world.
If you’re like me, you want to know your anchor is trustworthy. Whether I’m on a sailing trip with Celia and our kids, or walking through life, I need to be able to count on my anchor. So, I have learned to take the Lord at His word.
“For the word of The LORD holds true, and we can trust everything He does.” – Psalm 33:4
We’re tempted to hold on to our people and things so tightly because we’re not sure we can trust our anchor. If our loved ones are tied to us, when storms come, they’ll be more like that big boat we saw in Anegada, tied to an anchor that couldn’t hold. As much as we love them, they’re not nearly as secure if they’re tied to us, as if they’re tied to Him.
our family, on the beach, Loblolly Bay on Anegada, BVI
One of the things I say to the Lord when I pray, is “my life – our lives are in your hands. We’re trusting you. We’re counting on your word and your promises, Lord.” And I know He is worthy of my trust!
“Get quiet, beloved soul; tell out thy sorrow and complaint to God. Let not the greatest business or pressure divert thee from God. When men rage about thee, go and tell Jesus. When storms are high, hide thee in His secret place." – F. B. Meyer