Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Anchor Holds

My mother and father have told me all my life what a strong person I am. Daddy has told me more often than I can count that he never worries about my ability to bounce back from life. He says I'm like a huge coil that, when pressed hard, springs right back. I don't share that vision of myself. How many times I have chastised myself for being weak and faltering. There have been times in my life when I have felt so beaten down by life events that I have thought I would never rise again. Mother and Daddy are the strong ones. They have had their share of illnesses, sorrow and despair. They have each lost their parents and they have lost two of their four sons. Yet in their spirits and in their hearts they remain unmoveable, unshakeable--their faith in God ever present and ever trusting. They are the strong ones--the anchored ones.
My sister-in-law, Tracy, took this picture of the anchor on a trip to the Grand Caymen Island. When I saw it, I knew I would have to use it as the image for this post. It is so perfect in what it illustrates---strength, endurance, permanence. It is a symbol, to me, of how I feel about my Lord. He is my anchor. He holds me secure in the midst of all life's storms and assures me, time after time, that all is well. He is strong enough to keep me safe and bring me safely to rest.
Several gospel songs from my childhood come to mind when I look at this photo. "I've Anchored In Jesus" was one of my favorites. I love its words:

"I've anchored in Jesus, the storms of life I'll brave.
I've anchored in Jesus, I fear no wind or wave.
I've anchored in Jesus, for He has power to save.
I've anchored in the Rock of Ages."

My childhood mind conjured up a picture of Jesus, bigger than the earth itself, standing guard over me and allowing nothing to harm me in any way. How safe I felt, knowing Jesus was my anchor.
As I grew older I learned to love the song,"Haven of Rest".

"I've anchored my soul in the Haven of rest.
I'll sail the wide seas no more.
The billows may sweep o'er the wild, stormy deep,
But in Jesus I'm safe evermore.

Where else are we safe but anchored in Him? My mind goes to the purpose of the anchor--to hold a ship in place, to hold it secure, to prevent it from drifting from its location. Oh! when Jesus is our anchor, we are, indeed, held so securely in the storms of life. We are held by a Saviour who will never let us sink or fail. He will keep us where we need to be during even the darkest times of our lives. A more recent song by Ray Boltz, "The Anchor Holds", says it so clearly:

"The anchor holds, though the ship is battered.
The anchor holds, thought the sails are torn.
I have fallen on my knees
As I've faced the raging seas,
The anchor holds, in spite of the storm."

In spite of the storm. In spite of all that is raging around us--the anchor holds. In spite of all the heartaches and despair that might make us think we are about to sink--the anchor holds. Jesus, the anchor of life and soul, holds us secure. Nothing can touch us, harm us, defeat us, for He holds---in spite of the storm.
I recall a story of a young man who was preparing his small ship to face a raging storm coming through the coastline of where he lived. An older, more experienced seaman watched him for a moment then said to him, "Son, what are you doing?" I'm tying down my boat with this rope so it will be safe in the storm.", replied the young man. With a smile based on years of experienced at sea, the older man said to him, "You don't have to tie it down, son. Just drop the anchor."
Oh, dear friends, how many times I have failed to let Jesus anchor me. How many times I would have been secured and sheltered in time of storm if only I had anchored my every thought and fear to His dear side. May we learn today the meaning of the anchor. May we find its strength and its security in whatever storm we are facing at this time of life. Jesus, the anchor of our souls. Trust me, this anchor holds---in spite of the storm.

In Grace,
Marie

8 comments:

  1. Marie...

    I love both of these songs. As a child I sang the first one more times than I can count. Sad that churches today are getting away from those SOLID ROCK HYMNS of long ago.

    I also love the Boltz song. Steve and I have sung it together many times.

    Thank you for sharing your struggles...your faith...you love for the Lord. It is inspiring to so many of us who struggle every day to stay anchored to the Man of Peace.

    Love to you~

    Rebecca

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  2. Hi Marie,
    I think you are to hard on your sweet self. Everyone sees something different in each of us, if your parents see you as strong, when you see your self as weak, then they are helping you to be stronger by telling you so,their support and strengh is what makes you stronger.
    You are very committed to your faith, in body and soul.
    Take in your beautiful family and all the beauty the earth has to offer and rejoice in that.
    All of us here are learning and growing each day. All we can do is keep our faith in the lord and all things good. So please don't be so hard on your self.
    Big hugs,
    Elizabeth

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  3. What an awesome moving write. I sent you post to a friend who needed this today more than ever. TY for sharing. Without Him, we are nothing.

    Popover for our TRIPLE GIVEAWAY if you haven't already. Have a lovely day. TTFN ~Marydon

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  4. Marie!
    I was forwarded your blog address by a wonderful friend. I so loved this post sweetie, it so spoke to my heart. I needed to be reminded about this anchor in my life.

    Daddy and Moma have always told me how strong I am, and how proud they are of the woman that I have become. Sometimes I forget where my strength comes from. Thank you Marie, for reminding me that I can weather any storm that comes my way, because of the rock that I am anchored to.

    I have signed up to follow your blog. I am so drawn here. Please stop by and visit me. I would be so honored to have you follow my blog as well.

    Country hugs, Sherry

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  5. Hello dear Marie,
    What beautiful words you have written for my soul today. Jesus is my ONLY anchor and for this I am thankful everyday.
    Have a lovely week friend.
    Hugs
    June

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  6. I am singing along with you...grew up on these songs..

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  7. So beautiful and moving Marie! You are so strong and a wonderful person with a kind heart. It shows in your smile and every sweet comment you leave to others. Thank you for being my friend. :)

    I'm so happy you made the soup and enjoyed it! You just made my night. Thank you!

    ~Many Blessings, ~Melissa :)

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  8. What a beautiful post Marie! You are blessed to have such a strong faith! He is definitely my anchor as well!!

    :) T

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