by Yay Padua-Olmedo

Mention “anchor” and the first image in my mind is that of cartoon character Popeye the sailor man ―with his anchor-tattooed arm―created by artist Elzie Crisler Segar in 1929.

I remember being fascinated by this character even when I was a teener in the 60s (Yes, I’m a baby-boomer!) craning my neck to catch this animated cartoon from outside our richer neighbor’s window.

Each episode’s wow! moment? When Popeye rapidly chomps on spinach and pounces―POW!―on his nemesis Bluto with his paddle-like arm.

The anchor is a popular maritime symbol―declaring, “I’ve been toughened, having braved the cruel seas,” if a sailor sports one.

Real anchors are massive metal structures lowered into ocean beds to secure ships especially from strong ocean currents. Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Holly Herline writes (http://www.navy.mil’s) that the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz once had a 60,000-lb. anchor with a 90-foot chain totaling 20,500 lbs. All of 30 tons! That’s roughly equivalent to one tractor-trailer.

More than two thousand years ago, the greatest of all anchors dug in. “Anchor aweigh,” must have been His Father’s instruction, translated in sailor-speak.

The anchor is a popular maritime symbol―declaring, “I’ve been toughened, having braved the cruel seas,” if a sailor sports one.

Hebrews 6:19 describes Jesus as our soul’s anchor, firm and secure. When life’s turbulences or tsunamis threaten to wreck your family, finances or whatever you’ve depended on to survive, He assures:

“I am the Rock on which you stand. I will hide you and keep you. Never fear or be discouraged.” Our mighty God who created this awesome universe has everything under control.

Returning to our beachfront from our island hopping when my siblings, with our husbands, vacationed at El Nido, I was amazed to see so many unmanned boats probably a mile or more before the beach.

It was a pretty yet intriguing sight―colorful boats dancing with the wind and the waves, but with no boatmen, and not bumping into each other. “The boats have been anchored and parked for the night,” our utterly suntanned boatman (We called him Apl.de.ap.) educated us.

Free-floating, happy and dancing boats, cool!

That’s like the freedom we have in Jesus. Once He becomes your anchor, He takes your hand, lets your feet settle on His, and makes you dance―with Him directing your every step and body English.

Center of the Universe. Me-Moi and Myself. Lust Galore. Money-Money-Money. Pride of Life. This once used to be our song list. And we loved to sing their refrains. The more we sang them, the heavier they felt―to the point where sinking into the miry depths was the only option.

You and I know of some who’ve been anchorless and ended it all.

Sufficiency apart from God is a no-brainer. The stuff of Titanic tragedies.

Who is your anchor?

Boatmen soon call it a night.

Jesus offers Himself to both be our boatman and anchor, through stormy nights and even on sunny days. Would you let Him?

Prayer: Jesus, be my Anchor. I struggle to navigate through life. Be my Rock, my Refuge. I repent of my sins, entrust my life to You, and cast all my cares unto You. Be my Savior and Lord…

Yay believes that her purpose as a Christian is to become salt and light where God has placed her. Aside from teaching Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations at Southville Foreign University in Las Pinas City, Philippines, she conducts motivational and business seminars and write inspirational materials. You can visit her blog at http://nuggetslifeslittlelessons.blogspot.com/

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