“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf” Hebrews 6:19-20.
When I think of the anchor mentioned in Hebrews 6:19, the first image that comes to my mind is that of a huge ocean liner, or maybe even a schooner, that has dropped anchor. The waves and water try to pull the ship forward, but the anchor holds it firmly in place.
Recently I heard something that changed this image for me. A speaker mentioned that hope connects us to the future and not the past. And suddenly I found the image changing from that of a ship’s anchor to that of a grappling hook, which is thrown over a normally unreachable place, such as a rock, digging in with its hook and anchoring itself in that rock. The anchor then becomes not something that is always holding me back; rather, it is something that is constantly directing me forward and upward toward that rock, which is Jesus.
May we find our anchor hooked firmly in Him, the Author and Finisher of our faith, and not to this world and this life which quickly fade away and are gone. Whatever time we have on this earth, may we use it well.
-Alicia B. Macedo, serving with WEC International in Brazil