Years ago, I was out on Lake Norman with friends, and we’d had the best day!

We’d anchored and floated for hours. No worrying about life stressors, just floating, listening to music, and enjoying the lazy summer day.

We were having such a good time that we didn’t notice the dark clouds on the horizon. The storm clouds were moving in rather quickly, so we began the process of returning home.

I went to turn on the blower while my friend was tasked with pulling the anchor in.

“Andrea, it’s stuck.”

“What do you mean it’s stuck?”

“The anchor. It’s stuck. I can’t get it up.”

I watched her tug, pull, brace herself against the seat, and pull harder. I even attempted to help her pull at the same time. Nothing. That anchor was not moving.

There was no way we could see what was underneath, trapping the anchor.

That’s a lot like our lives.

Not only do we not see what we are anchored to, many times we have no idea we are even anchored TO anything to begin with. It’s only when something comes up against that anchor that we realize we have some issues we need to deal with.

What are you anchored to?

There is a good anchor to have, but there are also negative anchors. These are the ones that most often infiltrate our lives and cause us to miss out on the life God would have for us.

So, how do you answer that question?

How do you decide if you are anchored to the wrong things, thus stuck?

Take a little self-assessment.

  1.  Does change unnerve me?
  2. Can I pivot when life throws a curveball my way?
  3. If I feel negative emotions, can I allow myself to feel them and then let them go, knowing something more positive is on the way?
  4. Can I deal with difficult things and still move forward with life or do I find myself paralyzed?
  5. Am I able to look at difficult situations and know that somehow it can be used for good someday?
  6. Am I able to ask God “teach me” instead of “why me?”

Identify your anchors.

In these next few weeks of meditations, we will explore our anchors and how we can live in such a way that we are anchored to the ultimate thing.

Grace and Peace,


Hebrews 6: When God gave Abraham his promise, he swore by himself since he couldn’t swear by anyone greater. 14 He said, I will certainly bless you and multiply your descendants.[a] 15 So Abraham obtained the promise by showing patience. 16 People pledge by something greater than themselves. A solemn pledge guarantees what they say and shuts down any argument. 17 When God wanted to further demonstrate to the heirs of the promise that his purpose doesn’t change, he guaranteed it with a solemn pledge. 18 So these are two things that don’t change, because it’s impossible for God to lie. He did this so that we, who have taken refuge in him, can be encouraged to grasp the hope that is lying in front of us. 19 This hope, which is a safe and secure anchor for our whole being, enters the sanctuary behind the curtain. 20 That’s where Jesus went in advance and entered for us, since he became a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.