Anchors in Life

God Deposits the anchors you will need to ground you. This thought came to me during Sunday’s church service. I continue to ponder and reflect on it. How, in the midst of grief and pain, do we trust in God’s anchors? How do we know they will sustain us? I believe in God and his healing power. But when in the midst of real grief, is His power–the words on the pages of the Bible–enough to sustain?

white and black anchor with chain at daytime
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This thought burned in my soul today and God graced me with an answer. It came from an unlikely source: a woman I do not know. Today at bible study, this lady shared about her personal struggles. Bravely and vulnerably she shared to a group she hardly knows. In that moment, my soul whispered – listen. I asked her who she turns to when she feels like giving into temptation. She said that although she knows she should turn to God, she usually doesn’t. She will go to her husband or her friend for support. In that moment, I sensed a truth: Even when we don’t turn to God, He turns to us. I think God knows that at times, going to the invisible God seems out of reach. We need the hands and feet of Jesus to touch us and speak courage into our souls. God places people into our lives. Her husband and her friend are not lucky coincidences. They were hand-picked by God for her.

God anchors us, not by us choosing him, but by him choosing us. All we need to do is obey. Will obedience bring greatness into our lives? Will we win the lottery? Will all our financial needs, or our physical needs, or our problems immediately disappear because we obeyed God? No. God isn’t a magic genie in a bottle. But he does care and he does seek us out.

He asks more of us because he knows our makeup. He knows the story he is carving in our lives. When we share our stories and our vulnerabilities, we speak to souls in a supernatural way that God orchestrates. Often we have no idea how our words or story impact others. But I fully trust it does.

God deposits knowledge, peace, strength, throughout each day as a store for us to pull from when in need. Experiences happen and we do not even regard it as anything. We pass it off and don’t even blink at the morsel being deposited into our souls. Yet God, the omnipotent, knows what our future holds. He gives us what we need. When tragedy strikes, God has prepared us for it. That does not neglect the reality of the pain, anger, or desperation we feel in the midst of the horror. But it does provide a hope we can hold onto: a truth that doesn’t fade when the tide of pain rises.

Looking back, we discount the multitude of times God has miraculously used our little to impact someone mightily. Just as God used the little boy’s lunch to feed the 5,000, God uses our stories to shed hope to someone in need. Sometimes, a word spoken and forgotten could be a word that sits in a soul and becomes an anchor in time of need. God is good and He deposits anchors in our lives even when we are looking the other way.

As Hebrews 6:18-19 declares, “These two things cannot change: God cannot lie when he makes a promise, and he cannot lie when he makes an oath. These things encourage us who came to God for safety. They give us strength to hold on to the hope we have been given.  We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and strong. It enters behind the curtain in the Most Holy Place in heaven…” (NCV). Behind the curtain paints the image of unseen. Our works are often unseen, but they are used by God. They are anchors for us and for others when our world is rocked. We can trust that God is good and is present — even when the storm rages.

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