Finding Your Anchor in the Midst of a Storm  

Imagine this scene with me – with heroic, orchestral music quietly building in the background, the kind you hear when the protagonist of the story finally defeats the bad guy,  you start to see a woman come into focus as the music is getting louder. She is wearing a cape – it appears like a SuperHero cape, and she is dragging something behind her. You think, Wow, she has won! She has defeated her foe!” But then you look closer. You notice she is working quite hard to pull whatever it is she is pulling. All of a sudden you notice her cape isnt really a cape but rather an apron which is ripped and torn. You notice her headgear is not a superheroescrown but rather a bandana – one that has come straight out of the 80s! You look even closer to her bandana to see that it is tie dyed! Oh my! This is not a superhero at all! This is one tired out woman who is trying too hard and is going to drop soon if she doesnt figure out what she needs to do!
Great scene isnt it? Well, to be honest, that is the picture I have of myself from this past weekend.
I went for a walk the other day with a good friend of mine. She is a great friend. You know the kind of friend that loves to talk about Jesus and spurs you on in your own relationship with Jesus. As we were chatting, she was asking about my long weekend, at which it occurred to me that I spent a lot of my weekend trying to achieve a lot of things. I was baking tons for others. I was trying to plant my gardens and clean up my lawns. And of course I have my own little family that I love to help take care of.
But I was busy!
Busy doing. For others.
Not that that is necessarily a bad thing in and of itself, but as I chatted with my friend I realized I felt a lot of anxiety over all that I felt I needed to get done but I forgot about the most important thing:
I forgot to just be.
I forgot to just be with Jesus.
To invite and allow the Holy Spirit to fill me each day.
I forgot to be still and instead of work myself up with all the things I felt I needed to do for others, I actually needed to spend time being filled by the Holy Spirit.
I often refer to the Holy Spirit as the anchor to my soul”. He is the one who can fill me and keeps me steady. If I dont allow him to work within me – if I drag him along as opposed to letting him still my soul – I get lost. Worn Out. Anxious.
Perhaps you are feeling this way, too. I think a lot of people are starting to feel worn out by being cooped up in their homes and not experiencing life the way that they are used to. There is a sense of anxiety that people are having and they are grasping at what they can control (or what they think they can control) and instead of allowing their anchor to still their hearts and minds, they are dragging it. They (me included!) are so busy trying to create a sense of stillness we are missing the point.
In the Psalms it says, Be still and know that I am God.”
Then in Isaiah we see this amazing promise…

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they all walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:28-31

We dont have to work so hard to feel a sense of peace or stillness. What we do need is to lay down our sense of control and allow God to work in our lives. We need to prioritize our daily spiritual practices: reading the bible, praying, meditating and inviting the Holy Spirit to lead us in our days. It is through God and God alone that we can take that breath, feel the stillness of our souls, and enter into true peace with whatever is going on in our daily lives.
 I was so busy trying to make everyone happy this past long weekend that I forgot about dropping my anchor and being filled with the Holy Spirit. If I had done that then all the things I felt I had to do wouldnt have felt like the chore it did.
Let this be an encouragement to you today.
Take time to invite the Holy Spirit to work in your life.
Lay down your expectations of all the things you think you should be doing and lean into His word and plans for your day, your life.
God can and will do great things in and through your life if only we stop dragging our anchors and drop it, so it can do what it was meant to do.
Be still my friends, lean into Christ. See where He will take you. Enjoy the journey.

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About the Author: sarah goertzen

Sarah is a wife, mama of two, pastor, and avid baker. She loves people and is passionate to see them come to know, love and serve Jesus. You can often find Sarah in her kitchen whipping up fun baking creations for her family or dancing with her hubby! Sarah loves to laugh and is always up for a great joke!