Hope On A Rope

Anchor & Chain

We live at a lake. Consequently we do “lake things.” Lake things require “lake stuff”. One of our kid’s favorite stuff is a big ol’ raft their Dad puts 100 yards out from the beach.

The thing is huge. (It can hold up to fifty kids at a time.) (And yes—-we’ve confirmed this. 🙂 )

The gargantuan raft requires a large (very large) anchor, without it the raft is in endanger of being carried away. Not only does it’s mooring have to fight tenacious South Dakota winds, its stability is also challenged by a current that runs past our house.

We haven’t launched the raft yet this season so as I pulled weeds next to its beastly anchor I began to marvel at its weight. But quickly my attention shifted to the rope that links the anchor to the raft.

It occurred to me that without the rope the anchor would do little good. My brain continued to meander. I could not stop thinking about the rope.

The sweat dripping down my back from the pleasant 92% humidity left me needing a break. I went in the house and decided that as I cooled I’d look up a few verses that pertained to anchor. Sweet DoAheads, I can’t wait to tell you what I found.

Look at these three different versions of Hebrews 6:19.

[Now] we have this [hope] as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whoever steps out upon it—a hope] that reaches farther and enters into [the very certainty of the Presence] within the veil…” Amplified

Did you catch that? The rope is implied. There’s an anchor but “the rope” reaches.

This certain hope of being saved is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls, connecting us with God himself behind the sacred curtains of heaven…The Living Bible

This verse is more revealing. The reaching is a connection between us and God. Can’t you just see the rope between us and Him?

We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God…” The Message

How could it be any more clear than this.

Hope is the anchor.

It’s what moors us, but the second principle lies in the truth that our lifeline is the direct connection between us and God. Hope may be in the anchor but the piece of it that saves our lives is the lifeline that connects us from the anchor to God himself. Ultimately——–

Hope is in the rope!

If your heart is experiencing strong winds or pushy currents know this…Hope is your anchor and its rope runs straight to the throne.  Abba Father is there. Watching. Waiting. Wanting you to reach out. Believe it. Receive it.

Rest in it.

You are safe and secure!

The lines of purpose in your lives never grow slack, tightly tied as they are to your future in heaven, kept taut by hope. Col 1:5 MSG

When you’re taking a break from the fireworks this weekend stop over to Suzie Eller’s #livefree community. You’ll be blessed by the many stories of other women and how they are anchored.

Enjoy the sparklers this weekend…may they remind us all that the best is yet to come!

Your DoAhead Friend,


  1. Wonderful post, Cindy! Thanks so much for sharing! Happy Independence Day!

  2. When a person loses hope, he loses everything. This is wonderful. We need to keep hoping so we can hold on.

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