Moored in the Harbor

Having grown up in Kansas, I find fascination in flying over cities that include ports. Kansas is a land-locked state and I love being near the water. Recently on a flight to Philadelphia, as our plane was descending, I noticed several ships dry-docked. Some looked rusty and old; others looked in good condition. I wondered if the ships were in a state of disrepair or were just dry-docked for the winter. If someone grew up in the central United States, one might not know about ships that are dry-docked, or the reasons for mooring.

When ships are moored in the harbor, there are several reasons that they are out of commission. Ships might need repair; ships might need updating; ships might need mechanical work and refurbishing. Ships that are in the harbor still combat the elements of weather. They still have to be prepared for storms. These ships fight all of the elements that a ship out to sea endures; they are just out of commission for a season. It is mandatory that these ships be secured with lines, cables and anchors.

Sometimes we find ourselves moored in the harbor. For a season, God calls us to endure chastening and pruning. When we are at sea with the LORD, we are at service for God, and feel as though we are being fully utilized to glorify Him and walk in His ways. However, when we are moored at the harbor, we wonder if we have missed God somehow. We still have to endure the waves and the storms, but it is as if we are waiting, waiting, waiting, with nothing happening. Sometimes a ship can be moored in the harbor for weeks or years. It seems as though God has to revise our compass to make sure that we are headed in the direction of true North. Perhaps you have felt like this at times; I know I have. It seems as though life is just a continuum of boredom. Where is God? Why doesn’t He answer my prayer? Why does it seem like I still go through course correction and storms, and yet the sense of purpose sometimes been lost?

During these times, I remind myself that Yeshua is the lover of our soul. He gives us hope. The word ‘hope’ in Hebrew is Tikvah. As ships are anchored to the ground, our hope, Tikvah, is anchored to heaven. This hope is secure as Hebrews 6:19 states, “We have this hope as an anchor of the soul, both firm and steady—a hope that enters the inner place behind the curtain (the veil).” TLV.

Yeshua, our hope, is the Heavenly anchor and He anchors us to heaven. When the sufferings of this life challenge us, stretch us, frustrate us and upset us, we feel the weight; we feel the heaviness of mortality. However, when we look up and trust God in the midst of the storm, knowing that we are secured with the Heavenly anchor, we can look at the things that are unseen, the eternal things. May we not focus on the momentary affliction, but on Yeshua. “For our trouble, light and momentary, is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, as we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen. For what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.” (2 Corin.4:17-18 TLV)