As people, we’re prone to look for anchors in life. Little things to tie ourselves down to in order to feel safe. We may anchor to a certain neighborhood; it makes us feel known. We may anchor to a car; we feel good because we are worthy of this sort of vehicle. We may anchor ourselves to our clothes; we feel strong and beautiful when we have the right outfit on. We may anchor to the appearance of our kids; we appear like we have it all together when they do. We may anchor to our job; it shows we are smart. We may anchor to the future; we think it will save us from what we hate.
Anchors are little holds on our life. We hold on to “it” and “it” holds onto us.
Lately, God has been in the process of un-anchoring my life:
– We moved to a city with no furniture. Due to issues there, we almost immediately needed to move again.
– We pretty much let go of alcohol and rarely drink now.
– We don’t feel beholden to a location or neighborhood.
– We’re fine without the constant pull of TV on our life.
– We don’t really know what the future holds and we’re okay with it.
It is not that I advocate “un-anchoring” the way I did for everyone. It is just the place where God has me. God may have something like this for you in your season, He may be calling you to it or He may be doing something different.
Either way, today I am saying: God, I don’t really feel attached to anything anymore.
“That’s the point, Kelly.”
In the past, I’ve looked at things taken away from me and felt robbed. Today, I look at the things taken away from me and feel blessed. It’s incredible. I don’t online shopping anymore, I skip my red wine and I don’t binge-watch make-yourself-feel-better shows – and I’ve never been more happy, more full and more alive.
Most definitely, it’s not by my work, that’s for sure. It has to be God.
To un-anchor is to let go and find rest.
For me, losing what seems like “everything” gains me greater intimacy with God. Plus, a deeper calling, increased vision and unusual joy and faith.
What might God want to “un-anchor” in your life?
A nightly TV ritual?
Your twirling and swirling worries?
A friend who is leading you down the wrong road?
A mindset that focuses on disappointment?
Let go of something that’s holding you captive to fill the gap with God.
The less you hold on to, the more of God you can grab onto.
“Be still, and know that I am God.” (Ps. 46:10)