The small boat bounced among the waves as the wind blew with no sign of letting up. We were thankful we had anchored it well in deeper water.
When storm clouds appear on the horizon of our lives we often put our securities in things that are shallow and have no power to hold us when the winds rip through our lives. The beautiful home, fashionable wardrobe, the bank account or job title mean little in the face of what makes us toss and turn in the night.
As parents, we have a unique opportunity to help our kids find that anchor that will hold them even during the worst storms. We all know that no matter how strong we are as individuals, there are those times when we need something beyond our own efforts to hold us.
One of our sons went through a challenging time in grade school. We had rocked his world with a move, not only to a new community and a new school but also to an unusual home above a business. It was our daughter, just a few years older than her brother, who reminded us how to anchor down. Her own faith in a caring God was already a strong fiber in her young life. She saw her brother’s anxiety and carefully printed words, memorized from her own Bible, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”. She taped it on the wall by his pillow so that when the bedtime worries of the next day troubled his thoughts he could read it. It was hope of help beyond himself. It was an anchor.
Faith has anchored our home. Though sometimes very strong and other times faltering, God has been faithful to us even in spite of our own mistakes and shortcomings. He has proven to be an anchor that holds us securely when the storms of life blow in.
The young boy is now a father himself. The little girl, a wife in her own home. Our other son is enjoying forging his own path through life. All have anchored their own homes in a God they know cares about them personally.
Giving our kids an anchor beyond themselves is the one true and lasting gift we can offer them in this changing world. Though the storms of life may tatter and tear, when they have an anchor they will be equipped to ride out the storm.
Whether you are sailing peacefully or finding yourself in the midst of a storm, it is important to ask yourself what you are anchored to. We cannot pass on to our children what we do not have.
Anchor your heart to God and His promises of help and guidance. Anchor your life to the hope that He brings. He is the well deep enough to draw from when you need strength and peace, hope and wisdom, insight and love, endurance and faith. He is the source of all you need today or, in the storm.
Won’t you invite Him to share your journey? You cannot teach your children to anchor to God if you have not done so yourself. He is the only sure hope in our changing and challenging world.
Take this step today, pray this prayer with heartfelt meaning and get anchored to the God of Hope.
I know my life is anchored to things that can be fleeting and fragile. Today I want to put my hope in You. Forgive me for going my own way. I need to know You and I want to pass that knowledge on to my children. By faith, I anchor my life to You today. Please teach me how to share the journey with You and to know You better. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.