The safety of a ship in dangerous waters could depend entirely on its ability to drop its anchor and stabilise the ship. We use anchors to moor a ship or boat, to hold the vessel fast and secure so that the crew are safe, the passengers are safe and the cargo is kept safe.
Early Christians linked the symbol of the anchor with the cross proclaiming that Christ is our one true security and hope for future life. Found carved in tombstone slabs in the catacombs in third-century Rome, the anchor was one of many symbols that Christ followers could recognise each other by. For instance, when a Christ follower met another possible Christ follower on their travels, they would start drawing the symbol of the fish by drawing an arc in the dirt or sand with a finger. If the other person completed the fish illustration, they both would know they were on the same team. This was useful during the persecution of Christ followers by the Roman Empire in the first few centuries after Christ’s resurrection. It was said to also mark meeting places and tombs of early Christians. The word “Ichthus,” being the Greek word for fish, is an acronym for the Greek word that means “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour.
‘The Anchor’ is a symbol of something that you hold tight to, to be held secure by, to stabilise in dangerous waters and to give hope. I don’t know about you, but I need this hope daily. Sometimes hour by hour, minute by minute and other times second by second.
They say Hindsight is 20/20. If only we could live with the ability of hindsight and see things with the same clarity beforehand. Even a one minute view into the future would be awesome, so we could see what ‘that’ conversation could look like before a word is uttered in real time. Or we could see what ‘that’ action could lead to before we messed up, again.
But we can’t.
What I can do, however, is look at where I’ve been and what I’ve come through and know it’s because of the strength of God that I’m standing today. There are no words to aptly describe this. I can look at the strength that others I know walk in and know that they are doing this through the strength that only God can supply. He’s brought me through to a stronger understanding of who He is through life’s lessons and that hopefully I’ve been changed a little more into Christ’s likeness and come out of each mess a little wiser and a little more prepared for the next part of my journey. With this brings so much hope of making it through what’s to come and what I’ve yet to see coming, because I know I can trust Christ as the anchor of my heart, of my life. The one who goes before me in all of my days, guiding me, if only I would listen more, and being steadfast and secure in His love for me regardless of my choices. He hasn’t let me down and He will always be my security and hope. You know, I haven’t always seen Him this way in the past. But I am thankful, again beyond words, of His unshakable love for me even when I was making all the wrong choices and bad decisions and the ones I am still to make. His love has never changed. But I am changing.
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hebrew 6:9.
The anchor is a symbol of safety, hope and security. Regardless of the storms that I have been in and the ones still to come, Christ is my anchor. Steadfast and secure.
What ancors you?