If you do not want to drift in life, nor lose sight of your true goals and values, or forget your true purpose, drop your anchor in the harbour of God, American poet and author Anthony Liccione says: “Everyone has their own boat, it’s a matter of pulling it out of the sand, and putting it in water. But further, you can anchor the boat in fear when the storms rage, and go nowhere, let it drift aimlessly on its own or you can let God be the navigator and guide you on your journey in a way that is right for you”.
Anchors make us feel grounded and settled. Anchors in the nautical sense prevent the vessel drifting due to currents or wind. Putting down an anchor also represented the safe end of a long journey. Christians adopted the anchor as a symbol of hope in a future existence because the anchor was regarded in ancient times as a symbol of safety.
There were many times in life that i just drifted. During a long career in journalism, in the initial stages, I lost my moorings, was unsettled and felt tossed about by the storms of life. Fortunately, I found anchors in people, close friends, mentors and those who reminded me of my roots.
They helped me out of anxiety and taught me how to face problems. I gradually discovered that just people and places were not enough. Trees, gardens, my home, my belongings gave me a sense of stability, but finally, I had to take refuge only in God. Psalm 55: 23 says; “Give all your burdens to the Lord and he will take care of you”. How reassuring this was!
Just as parents can act as anchors for their children, similarly, when we grow up, we may find anchors in spiritual gurus, life coaches and mentors who guide us through the complexities of life. But they are all only like fingers pointing to God. They themselves have to be anchored people, otherwise they would only unsettle us still further.
In a way, death can be seen as the time when we reach our final destination after a long and peril-filled journey on earth. But all through life, the more we anchor ourselves in God, the less we will be driven by false people or driven by false pursuits, hankering after power, wealth, name and fame.
When I slowly came to the realisation that everything was impermanent, I began to realise that the kind of stability and assurance I was looking for could only come from God. Only God could make my body, mind and heart rest as if safe in a harbour.
If you find therefore, that the ship of your life has no anchors, you will just go from one thing to another, from one pastime to another, from one distraction to another. Drifting, as a temporary phase in our lives, may teach us some lessons, but as a
lifetime choice, will bring us ruin.
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