And then they took on a whole new meaning for me. Sometime during the last school year, as uncertainty and risk became a daily part of my life, I came across Hebrews 6:19.
Feeling anxious about moving out of the country and working in a new school? My hope rests in You. Worried about packing up not one, but two classrooms to move to a new campus? Lord, I surrender to you. You are my anchor. Starting to feel overwhelmed with sifting through our belongings and moving them to many different locations to be stored or sold? Father, thank you for being a God who grounds me. Who reminds me that you are in control. Concerned about students and fellow staff members who were experiencing significant amounts of unwelcomed change? My hope is anchored in You.
Over and over again. This image continued to remind me that I was not in control. That I had someone on my side who was much bigger than I could ever imagine. Ultimately, that I did not need to worry about "the small stuff." That I needed to walk in faith and not get caught up in the day to day concerns that were weighing me down.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Half-way through last school year, I could not get enough anchors. I wrote thank you notes on anchor cards. I drew anchors on just about everything. Even my staff devotion was based on the image of an anchor. This only perpetuated things as my principal and fellow coworkers would then continue to remind me of anchors. I bought a stack of anchor rings to remind myself of things the Lord has promised me, but have yet to come true. I now frequently wear an anchor necklace to remind myself that patience is a godly virtue and I need to emulate that in my daily interactions. I even sometimes dream of getting an anchor tattoo. If you asked me to draw you a symbol of where I am at in life right now, I would draw a picture of an anchor. Yep. I know. Obsessed.
So why this long commentary on a nautical image and its' personal significance to me? It has inspired my most recent products! Yep, you guessed it. Lots and lots of anchors! You can check them out in more detail in my TeachersPayTeachers store. Just click the images below! :)