This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. HEBREWS 6:19 NLT 

Anchored. This word is so strong. The placement of our anchor reveals the place of our trust, hope, peace, strength, joy, compassion, and sustenance. What we tie ourselves to reveals what we believe can sustain us. 

And when thinking about being anchored, we know that a boat must be anchored, or it will drift. However, in our own lives, we forget that we tend to do the same. We hope our initial placement into the ground will be enough, not realizing that Sunday maintenance or casually following Jesus has never been enough of a stable foundation. We get side-tracked. We get busy striving. And suddenly we look up and think, Wait, what is this place? How. Did. I. Get. Here? 

We get nowhere by accident. We drifted because we stopped being attentive to the origin of how we first set up camp in this place. The gratitude and the praise and the diligence and the prayer—it came easy at first. It was just what we did. But then we started doing other things, and we lost ourselves in them. We got really comfortable. And now we are frustrated. Our hearts feel hardened by what we see, and the palpable joy we experienced before has been overtaken by the gloom in front of us. 

It’s okay to be here. And if we are honest, we let ourselves drift pretty easily. The good news is that our true anchor—the grace of Jesus—never lost its way or its willingness to help us come back. When we dig ourselves into His truth and wrap our security around the certainty of His promises, we begin to feel that assurance once more. The sunshine starts to hit our faces and we see land . . . there it is. Okay, we're good. 

Placing our security in finances, friendships, or future plans will always make us drift into waters that seem dependable at first but land us in disappointment. Our view has never been determined by what we have or where we’ve been or what our boat looks like, but about where we place our anchor—in what or whom we trust. 

Our destination has never been a place, has it? Just a person. Jesus. However, we word it, that’s what we ultimately want to experience. Forever safety. When we are anchored in Him, He transforms our perspective, ushers peace in the storm, and provides eternal security. Is there a greater gift? 

When you find yourself with a differing opinion than your coworker, friend, or spouse this week, remember to think about the word anchor and make sure you are aligned with your Foundation. Then you can stand firm in your point of view. Just remember to ask God to steady you. 

Hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. ROMANS 5:5 NIV 

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. PSALM 62:5–6 ESV 

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. II CORINTHIANS 4:8–9 NLT 

Cleere Cherry Reaves 
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