About two months ago, Josh and I decided to celebrate our second anniversary by getting tattoos! He had always wanted to get an anchor once he got married, and I really did love the idea, so away we went! (Fu’s was our shop of choice. If you live in Charlotte and want some work done, check it out!)
Of course the first question that everyone asks is, “Did it hurt?” (Which I think that answer is obvious.) But the second question everyone asks is, “Why did you get it?” That is a much better question.
And to be completely honest here, when we first got them, my answer to that question wasn’t a very good one. It had something to do with being “anchored” to Josh, or because it resembles a cross, or something about Jesus….
Needless to say, I didn’t have a good, clear answer.
But throughout the few months since our anniversary, my anchor has taken on a meaning of its own. One day I came across Hebrews 6:19 which says, “We have this hope, as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Basically it’s saying that our hope is in the promises that God made to us. And those promises will never change, and they will never go away. No. Matter. What.
These words have been fresh water for my soul during this current time of life. They have reminded me that I am not the one in control, and I have nothing to be afraid of or anxious about, because I know and trust what has been promised to me.
And every time that I start to get those small moments of panic about what the future holds, I can look down at that small anchor on my hand and instead take a deep breath and choose to look ahead with anticipation that God will take care of the details.