The first time our family went to an ocean beach was memorable—not because of the serenity of gentle waves lapping the sand, but from crashing waves knocking us off our feet. At first it was a fun game, but eventually it wore us out. Laughter stopped when a large wave sent both me and my young daughter on an unexpected tumble into swirling salt water. We struggled to regain our footing while coughing and sputtering. Our fun day at the beach was spoiled as we sat on the beach recovering from the adrenaline rush of increased heartbeat and breathing.
We fought the waves; they knocked us down. Fearful moments ensued. A time of rest was needed for recovery.
In our lives when we face unexpected change or difficulties, we can feel like we’ve been knocked over by huge waves. Fear sets in when solid footing is removed.
Our faith needs to be tethered to the Lord, lest we drift into unforeseen hazards and fear.
Here are three things to anchor you when in rough waters:
1. Lean into the Lord.
The Lord is faithful and steadfast. This truth is a firm handrail to hold on to and a rock to cling to when life waves crash around you. Rest on the Rock of salvation.
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliver; my God is a rock, in whom I take refuge.” Psalm 18:2
2. Hold on to hope in the Lord. It is the most secure anchor in times of change.
Several years ago when I was in the middle of a season of uncertainty and change, the Lord impressed a verse on my heart. I wrote it on a notecard and taped it to my car’s dashboard. Every time I started the car I repeated it. Eventually I memorized it:
“May the God of all hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the HolySpirit.” Romans 15:13
This helped me have a positive focus instead of a troubled heart of worry. What made the difference? Holding on to hope. Real hope looks to God, believing that He will never abandon you, ever. Even in midst of change. When grounded in faith, hope enables us to navigate transition.
Hope becomes the anchor that keeps us from drifting into despair.
3. Remember the promises of scripture instead of dwelling on worry.
The change of mental focus from the worries and problems to words of hope calms the anxious soul.
The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 6:19
In the midst of upheaval, lean in to the Lord, hold on to hope, and remember the promises of scripture. Then you will have a secure anchor.
What is your anchor?