Sailing in the San Juan and Gulf Islands required not only knowledge of our boat, navigation skills and charts to map out safe routes, but also knowing where the safe anchoring spots were – both for a long leisurely stay or a place to tuck in from a storm.
A rocky bottom would not hold the typical anchor. Exposure to prevailing winds gave little protection from dragging and required constant surveillance. If your anchor site was too deep, a high incoming tide could lift the anchor off the bottom. If you arrived at high tide and were not prepared for low tides, you could end up high and dry with your boat on its side.
I thought of that today as I read Is. 33 where God instructs us how to live. The Message states that the answer is simple:
“Live right, speak the truth, despise exploitation, refuse bribes, reject violence, avoid evil amusements. This is how you raise your standard of living! A safe and stable way to live, a nourishing, satisfying way to live”
I was thankful for all the time my husband and I had spent taking navigation classes, reading about the areas where we would sail and knowing where the good and safe anchoring spots were.
I am grateful that I have the wisdom of the ages and the words of God available to direct me to those places where I can set my anchor – not only for the night, but for each day.
If I do not take the time to read, study and learn how to navigate the waters of life and apply the principles and values set down for us, then I am at the mercy of whatever storms and adversities may strike. I will not know where to find those safe harbors and inlets of peace and hope to set my anchor.