Frequently, I have found myself becoming anxious over things that have the value of a pinhead. For example, wondering whether I am going to find a spot in the busy grocery store parking area, pondering over whether I can outwalk the person who has an armful of packages so I can get in line before they reach the front door of the post office, or trying to make sure I am standing in the space marked for social distancing while waiting my turn.
These things are mind-wasters and fear-triggers. They can act like prison locks and create unnecessary anxiety. The gifts of joy and peace seem unobtainable in the presence of fear.
In its basic meaning, fear is natural and contains the essence to warn of approaching danger. Fear can also be reverent, as expressed toward the worship of an omnipotent God (El Shaddai). Fear that grips you with a feeling of hopelessness is a killer.
Currently, we live in an environment that brings us a daily boatload of negative fear. It seems to have taken on a life of its own as if it were seeking to take all of us out. Sadly, there is no shortage of fear-mongers. Print media, social media, television, movies, and radio all peddle their brand of fear.
At this point, many of us are screaming, “Where is the joy”? Yet, joy lies in knowing we have an Anchor who will strengthen our faith and bring us peace.
An anchor is a device made primarily of steel and designed to secure a water vessel while firmly planted into a bed underneath. There are two main types of anchors, permanent and temporary. Temporary anchors can be easily moved and are often carried on a boat. On the other hand, a mooring block anchor, or permanent anchor, is not easily moved and can withstand the harshest weather conditions.
As humans, we often try to carry our own brand of anchors and drop them into the mix when we are faced with fear. Alcohol, sex, drugs, entertainment, another person (husband/wife, girlfriends/boyfriends). These flimsy anchors resemble a boat tied to a tree or tree branch. They are, at best, a temporary pillar that will not hold up in a fierce storm that stirs up overwhelming fear. Constant fear demands more than a tree branch anchor.
Dependence upon God is a solid Anchor when you are bombarded by fear.
He is greater than solid steel and will never be set adrift in the most violent storm. God is our permanent Anchor against fear:
Joy is the natural outcome when we overcome fear. Our spirit feels a sense of security that faith in our Godly Anchor will always triumph over fear and adverse circumstances.
Place a permanent Anchor in your heart so it will remain embedded deep into your soul.