Lessons from a Sea Horse: The Holdfast

Ryan Egan —  October 13, 2010 — Leave a comment

Photo of a sea horse with tail wrapped around coral.

Did you know that a sea horse has a specific spot to which they always return?

One of my daughter’s favorite new books is a book about the lives of sea horses. The book goes through how sea horses look and various things about how they live. One thing that particularly caught me was what is called the holdfast.

The Holdfast

The holdfast is a spot that a sea horse finds on coral in a reef that become their “go-to” spot. They always return to this anchor of safety and they never stray more than a few meters from the holdfast. It is especially important to them when strong ocean currents swell. They can hold fast (hence the name) with their tails and keep themselves from being swept away from their place of safety by the powerful current.

Our God is a Steady Place of Refuge

I couldn’t help but think of several passages from Scripture about the steadfastness of our God and the result of trusting in Him:

  • The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalm 18:2)
  • For the king trusts in the Lord, and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved. (Psalm 21:7)
  • Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. (Psalm 125:1)
  • I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. (Psalm 16:8)

The sea horse clings to the hold fast in times of turbulence and trouble.  Do we do the same with our God?  Is He the one “in whom (we) take refuge” or is it something else?

What is your holdfast?  Are you going through times of turbulence and have latched on to something other than the faithfulness of God?

(photo by Doug Deep)

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Ryan is a follower of Christ, husband, father, worship leader, & creative. He is heavily involved in the Association of Free Lutheran Churches and desires to teach others to live a life of worship in everything they do.