I recently went climbing and had to belay on an edge of a cliff with a 25 foot drop off. The safest way to do this was to have my Personal Anchor System (PAS), that attaches to my harness, clipped into a bolt at the base of the climbing route. You would think that this would limit your freedom of movement and be frustrating. I found the opposite to be true. Instead I rested in the fact that I had boundaries created for myself that were actually lifesaving as opposed to restricting. I could move 2 feet backwards and side to side from the anchor and not fall off the cliff. I could put all my weight on this anchor and rest leisurely in the sun because I was anchored securely to a rock.
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, – Hebrews 6:19
There is a correlation between my experience climbing and my daily walk with Christ. I am an anchored into Christ, a solid Rock that secures my footing in all I do. As I walk through the challenges of raising 3 boys with my husband working dual jobs of being a deputy on the streets and being in the a National Guard, I find myself tired! Many times my energy is zapped from the boys being so demanding and having to adapt to my husband’s odd working hours. I’m left at home to corral these wild boys and often times grow weary in my efforts. I can choose to absorb the exhaustion of this season of life, or choose to rest securely in the fact that I am anchored into Christ,the Solid Rock who gives life abundantly. Who in Psalm 23 will lead me to green pastures when I need rest. Am I choosing to clip into my personal anchor today or risk the cliff of living life in my own strength?
So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain – Hebrews 6:17-19
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. – Psalm 23