Anchors Aweigh

Mar 14

It seems living on the beach in Malibu during our 3 years at Pepperdine gave us a love for all things nautical and beachy.  To this day, our little home, which is several miles from the water, has many ocean-inspired touches.  Last year, when we were trying to conceptualize “Hope Heals”, it was only natural that we honed in on this most iconic symbol of hope–the anchor.  Jay’s sister, Alex, reminded us of the verse, Hebrews 6:19, and it was done and done!

 

Maybe it’s because Summer is just around the corner, but it seems anchors are everywhere I look–and I love it {see more of our anchor inspirations via Pinterest; see some of my favorites below}.  What a cool reminder everyday of the hope that we have!

Last fall, I spoke at a women’s event for Seacoast Grace Church where small favors were given out bearing the verse and an anchor.  This little rock sits in our living room as a dual reminder of hope and as an “ebenezer” signifying that “thus far has the Lord helped us” (I Samuel 7:12).

Recently, we received a letter from a blog reader named Kelly who had just finished a study of Hebrews in her CBS group (woohoo!), and she shared a few insights on this verse that I thought were worth sharing with you.

 

We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf.”

(Hebrews 6:19-20 ESV)

 

*  Jesus as a forerunner implies that there will be someone coming after him.  He goes before us and anchors our souls in heaven, and we hold fast to the hope that He will bring us there to be with Him.

 

* Our hope is not anchored in our hearts or in our minds, but in our souls–the very deepest part of who we are.

 

* The “flukes” of the anchor (rounded hooks on either side) give the image that as we have this anchor in our souls, His hooks are in us!  Kind of an amazing picture that when the “ship is ready to sail” and that anchor is pulled upward, we will be pulled upward to Heaven in Christ.

 

Thanks so much for your insights Kelly!

 

{by Andrew Miller}

 

{from Sugar Paper}

 

{from J.Crew}

 

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