Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve attended four funerals.
Facing the reality of death’s certainty for us all, I was again reminded of the eternal hope we have as Christians.
In my situation, having heard from doctors there is nothing we can do, I want you to know that the hope I have in Christ is not dependent on what others can or can’t do for me. My God has already done it all.
When there is nothing doctors can do, there is still hope.
And now, every day I’m reminded of that hope. Why? Because my new tattoo on my wrist reminds me.
It’s an anchor.
The Bible says in Hebrews 6:19, “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil…”
The anchor represents our sure and certain hope of eternal life.
My daughter got one too, this is what it meant to her:
“It’s my testimony
It’s the only thing in life that is sure and steadfast. My faith.
He (Jesus) is my calm, strength, stability, steadiness in the storm.
He is immovable, unchangeable and secure.
His promise is sure. His love is sure.
He will not let go.
The waves crash and the winds roar fiercely yet beneath the waters there is calm. Peace. Still. Beneath the waters there He is. My anchor. Heavy, strong, unwavering.
He is my no-matter-what.
He anchors my soul.
Ever. Always. Sure.”
When Jess and I were getting our tattoos, the artist said we needed to have an anchor that was adequate for the size of our wrists.
I wonder in your life if your anchor is adequate for the size of life’s storms?
The anchor on a ship must match the demands of the sea, as well as the size, weight, cargo and necessities of the particular ship.
The same is true of each human life.
Your faith, your hope, your anchor, or that which you trust in, must be sufficient for all of life’s challenges and ultimately for its final challenge: death itself.
Just as every ship needs an anchor, so does every life.
Who is your anchor?
Who do you put your trust in?
Does your anchor give you calm?
Does it instil peace?
Does it cause you to know hope deep within your soul?
Do you even have an anchor?
It would be a foolish captain who went to sea without an anchor.
Be a wise person today and ask yourself this, “Do I have a trust, a faith, a hope that I can rely on and depend upon in both the calm and the storm?”
Don’t be shaken by the fact that your anchor can’t be seen. An anchor is only useful when it is out of sight. That’s faith, that’s hope!
The Bible says, ”Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).
When you can see your anchor then it’s doing nothing.
Our security is found in the fact that our anchor, Jesus, is far, far out of sight — “inside the veil,” in Heaven itself.