Friday, November 16, 2012

An Anchor in the Midst of Change

Change is oftentimes hard.  But it is also necessary.  Without change we would not have life.  Sometimes we embrace change.  Other times we resist it.  Sometimes change is good.  And sometimes change is less than good.  But no one can escape it.

We encounter change in many different ways.  My body changes food into energy.  My body goes through almost continual change from conception through decomposition.  My relationships with parents, spouse, children, friends, co-workers, and neighbors are seldom static.  My job changes over time, as does my home, and the wilderness that I enjoy.  My understanding of the world around me changes over time and with additional knowledge.  My country changes due to elections, demographics, an increasing reliance on government, pressure from the world without.  Change is all around us.  It is hard to look at something, apart from God, that is unchangeable.  So why do so many resist it?

Now I am not a psychiatrist, nor do I have any training in the field; but that does not mean I have no opinion.  So here's my two cents worth; hopefully it will be worth at least that.

It is probably incorrect to say that any healthy person is resistant to all change; and probably enjoy change in some areas.  More properly, many of us are resistant to change in some specific area(s) of our lives.  There is so much change going on around us, and with the rate of change growing, that it can seem like I am being swept along a swift stream, out of control.  Having something unchangeable in my life can act as an anchor, giving me some sense of stability.

That anchor may be a spouse, a job, the church or some social organization.  While I may not be happy about all the change going on around me, that anchor provides stability that helps keep me grounded, preventing me from being swept off my feet and drowned.  It gives me a comfortable place to retreat to, a place where I know what to expect, a shelter in the storm.

But what happens when that anchor loses it grip: the spouse dies; the job is lost; church life is disrupted, the economy crashes and your retirement is lost, etc?  Is your life thrown into turmoil?  Or do you have an anchor that will not drag, that remains secure regardless that happens around you.
19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. - Hebrews 6:19-20 NIV
The author of Hebrews here refers to an anchor for our soul, one that is firm and secure; it will not drag even during the most violent storms of life.  This anchor is hope.  Not a wishful hope; but an earnest expectation.  It is an assurance that regardless what might happen to me here, God has prepared something much better for me and will see me through to it.  No matter how much the world around me may change; no matter how much relationships may change; no matter how my own economic or social condition changes; one thing never does.  I have that hope as an anchor for my soul, preventing me from being swept along with the torrent.

Do you have an undraggable anchor to sustain you in the uncertainty of this life?

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