“Hope is a strong and trustworthy Anchor for our souls.” – Hebrews 6:19

If there is anything the past year has taught us, is that life without spirituality is like floating in a river without an anchor. To keep you afloat in a the River. This statement intensified more as the events of 2020 unravelled, current after current, tide after tide, rapid after rapid. If you didn’t have anything to hold onto, the year 2020 like a river would have either drifted away with you or drowned you to death or mental issues. Gradually we are moving and settling into 2021, which we are being honest it looks a more like 2020. I would like to challenge you to at least believe in something, an anchor in this year….to help keep you afloat , the tides and currents are slowly stirring up.

In this particular metaphor I would like to refer to the river as life, the currents as all the pressures and tribulations in life such as mental health problems, financial issues, marriage problems, unemployment etc. The boat as you and I. The Anchor will be referred as spirituality. An anchor is a heavy metal that is dropped into the water or land to prevent the boat from drifting away and holds it still in one place during either strong or mild currents. An anchor provides a firm security for a boat. In scripture, an anchor is normally used to represent faith. Hebrews 6:19 articulates that, hope is a strong and trustworthy Anchor for our souls. In this trying times when waves come crushing on us from all sides, when we are all done and out?When we have got no options?Who do we turn to? Who is your hope and anchor for your soul? Philippians 4:11 says “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances” When you have Jesus as your hope and anchor, the result is contentment in the midst of turmoil because you know that he is ways are better than your ways. (Isaiah 50:8).

Some marriages were heavily tested during quarantine, for the first time couples spend a lot of time together, and a lot of us were overwhelmed by out partner’s not so attractive side that was constantly in our faces, Like damn was his nose this big all this time? LOL…..or his lack of help with household chores or fighting over the remote which sparked unnecessary arguments. For some it was serious things like loss of jobs, loss of babies, loss of parents and gender based violence.

Marriage has the habit of intensifying every aspect of the relationship but quarantine took it to a whole different level, we couldn’t take a healthy break away such as going out for coffee to take a break, iyhoooooo. As if marriage problems were not enough, we also had to deal with the anxiety of the pandemic, the uncertainty of the economy, retrenchments, and shutdown of churches. The current of the river has been steadily of a high current. The truth is there are two types of people that have the ability to survive the currents of the river, a person that has swimming skills and a person that is anchored. The ability to swim during the storm can be interpreted as your own efforts, discipline, self-control, patience, wisdom, all of this attributes can keep you afloat for a while but eventually you will grow tired of the swimming, the river will eventually drift you away along with its currents or drown you.

The anchor however is able to keep you steadfast during the different currents of life, you will not sink or drift away and coupled with your swimming skill (efforts)your chances of surviving the rapids are far greater. Alot of marriages and lives are surviving on their efforts and not anchored on faith, we are easily troubled by conspiracy stories and the media because we don’t know the promises of God for us. We easily move with the trends on social media and we have let go the teachings of the word of God to guide our marriages and lives. I would like to challenge anyone reading this blog today, to commit to Jesus because the rapids out there are ready to ravage any floating marriage or life without an anchor. 2021 looks a lot like 2020 but the difference is that we have felt the first current and we have seen how it has impacted our lives. I hope this year; we will steady ourselves by anchoring ourselves in Christ so that we can conquer 2021. How have you been keeping afloat in this trying time? I would love to hear from you.

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3 Responses

  1. You couldn’t have said it any better.. there Is better and more stronger anchor than Jesus. In these days we live in now it’s so important for people to focus on the things that matter. After all For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? I like how you mentioned how in our efforts we can only get up to so much eventually we get tired. And to be steady we need an Anchor. I’m grateful mine Jesus. Thanks for this! 💕

  2. You couldn’t have said it any better.. there Isnt any better and more stronger anchor than Jesus. In these days we live in now it’s so important for people to focus on the things that matter. After all For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? I like how you mentioned how in our efforts we can only get up to so much eventually we get tired. And to be steady we need an Anchor. I’m grateful mine is Jesus. Thanks for this! 💕

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