People are fun to watch. We all have such different personalities and different ways we react to life. If you’ve been around a person who is generally always happy, you may have noticed how you feel happier just being with them. Conversely, someone who is often angry is usually the person we want to avoid as best we can.
We hope we are a likeable person most of the time, and most people work to present themselves that way. Yet in knowing some very happy people, I’ve noticed that they may be dealing with problems not seen. Their smiling face may not even accurately reflect the work they’ve just left or the home they’re heading toward. How does one cope and still smile, when another seems eternally grumpy yet they live in relative ease? I think that it’s not so much what we see, but what lies below the surface of what we see, their anchor. Let me explain.
Like a ship, I believe we all have anchors. When the ship is in the marina and the waves get choppy, it doesn’t get pulled under or out to sea. The anchor holds it in place. A ship without an anchor can easily be so tossed by the waves that it crashes against the dock or gets pulled away from its safe haven and even lost. Or if its anchor is not strong enough and gives away, it can suffer the same fate as the ship without an anchor.
People have anchors, too. They may rely on their family friends, or themselves alone. How strong that bond is may determine whether they can survive the rough waves of life. We all get caught up in storms as well. Suppose our anchor fail us.
The book of Hebrews reminds us that we can have an anchor that never fails, that weathers the toughest storms. When we completely trust that God loves us, wants our ultimate good, and can use any storm to strengthen us, we can find peace, even if the wind and waves of trouble surround us.
Can I be so at peace, that someone else’s emotional meltdown, not only doesn’t affect my own stability, but I can still reach out and help them find the solace they need? I like to think so, if I focus on my Anchor.
“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil ….” Hebrews 6:19 NASB