This week I was reading and came across one sentence that hit me right in the soul. “Let your anchor be cast into that which is within the veil” – Charles Spurgeon
It comes from the book of Hebrews 6:18-20: Thus by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be strongly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and steadfast. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus our forerunner has entered on our behalf.
As a Christian this makes sense to me on a spiritual level, but this hit me on a psychological level as well. It immediately conjured up an image of finding security in the fog and somehow recognising that we don’t always have to have answers or be able to see the end result to feel confident. How many opportunities do people miss out on because they are waiting for a clarity that never arrives? How many people fear taking that first step because the next step is in unknown territory?
I am not advocating recklessness. There is a difference between reasonable faith and blind faith. For example, the Mackinac Bridge that spans the gap between the best part of Michigan from the riff-raff downstate is five miles long and it is not unknown to have very limited sight during bad weather. Before driving onto it there are signs letting you know there are no more exits, and you have a choice whether to cross or not. If you see cars coming from the other side, or you see the tail lights of someone going before you, you can have a reasonable hope that you will make it. You have to have hope and reason.
If you are about to go on a journey of faith, planning to move in a new direction, or you don’t know where to begin on a major project, take heart and throw your anchor into the veil. Take that first step into the fog, and find the next step when you get there. Whether it is a clear day or not the Mackinac Bridge stands strong in rain or shine, blizzard or fog. Reality didn’t shift, only the perception of it, and perception can tell us all kinds of lies. You don’t have to know what comes next and you may be in a better place than you ever imagined when the fog finally clears.
If you feel you are getting lost in life right now and there is a fog preventing you moving forward, stop for a moment. Can you see the next step? If you can see the next step you have a reason and hope to move on and find the second step. Don’t focus on the fog, you can’t change it or make it go away, it is just a distraction. Focus on your next step, and when you have taken that step, focus on the next one.