Sunday, August 24, 2008

My Anchor Holds

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Hebrews 6:19 "This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast." 

I was reminded today of an old hymn that we used to sing in church years ago, "Will Your Anchor Hold In The Storms of Life?"---- or some hymnals call it "We Have An Anchor". As I laid down to rest this afternoon I started thinking about some of the lyrics to that great old hymn:

Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift, or firm remain?


We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.

It is safely moored, ’twill the storm withstand,
For ’tis well secured by the Savior’s hand;
And the cables, passed from His heart to mine,
Can defy that blast, thro’ strength divine.

A few years ago, Walt and I went to Sanibel Island, FL on vacation and I was out in the ocean just floating (and dozing off) on an air mattress.  After awhile, I opened my eyes to find that I had drifted way down the shoreline -- quite a ways down the beach from where I originally was. It didn't take any energy for me to "drift" down the coast, but it took a WHOLE LOT of energy to paddle my way back to where I needed to be -- working against the ocean current.

The same thing is true about my spiritual life.  It is so easy to start drifting.  I can start out strong and in no time, drift away from where I know I need to be. I start not reading my Bible as much as I used to, or maybe I'm not praying as much as I used to.  I have seen it happen in my own life.

When we drift, we are not stagnant.  We continue to move, but sometimes in an unhealthy direction. Have you ever noticed that when we drift it is usually DOWNstream?

How does the drifting occur?

We are no longer at the helm.
We are no longer on guard.
We are no longer cautious about what is going on around us.
We are no longer anchored.

Hebrews 2: 1 "For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it."  

Without an anchor, our boat that is "parked" will begin to drift. Unless I am anchored in the Word I will begin to slip away from a close relationship with God. That slippage can be so gradual that I may not even notice it until I am SHIPWRECKED.

It is a fact that we all face storms in life.  The storms come in many different forms - the tornado of failing health, the cyclone of financial reversal, the tsunami of the death of a loved one, the tropical storm of the loss of a job, or the hurricane of a failed marriage. But one thing is for sure, the storms of life will prove the strength of our anchor.

And the cables, passed from His heart to mine,
Can defy that blast, thro’ strength divine.

Are the cables of my heart fastened to the cables of His heart?

How about you?  Are you fastened to the Rock which cannot move?


petrii said...

Your Sunday posts always get my week off to a GREAT start. It makes me think and do a self-check as I start another week. You are a gift dear one to the blog world.
Thank you for always sharing the honesty of your heart,

ThreeGirlyGirls said...

What a great post!! I so needed to read this right now. Thank you.

Faith said...

Wow, what a great post Mom. So many great points and a warning we all need to doesn't take long to begin to drift and not even realize it.

I especially liked this..."But one thing is for sure, the storms of life will prove the strength of our anchor." It encourages me to know that no matter what storms I face, Jesus is stronger, bigger, more powerful than any of them. On Christ the Solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand!

Thank you for teaching me about the Word of God. I love you!

Kristen said...

WOW! How awesome was this...and what a great reminder that our anchor holds!

Heather said...

I have never thought about the "drifting." You are so right- we're not stagnant so we might (foolishly) think we are okay. But then we see where we are and where we started/should be and it is work to get back!!!
I am so glad my anchor holds- may I hold fast to Him no matter what life gives me!

His Doorkeeper said...

Wonderful post! It doesn't take long to drift off, does it?

I always think of people I know who were faithful to church and then they missed a Sunday and then two and the next thing you know, they are not there.

They weren't planning on just happens one day at a time. And guess what, God never moves away. It is us!

Thanks for the words we all need to hear!

Jenna said...

Emilie, you are such a blessing. I love this post and will be chewing on it all night I am sure. I love your wisdom and your ability to share in a way that hits me deep! Love you!

Melissa said...

I remember our youth pastor telling us that if we were not moving closer to God that we were drifting away from Him. It is a constant relationship. Not just a once-in-a-while, talk to ya later, kind of thing. It's definitely harder to work my way back to Him when I allow myself to drift and He is NEVER the one that moves! It's always me!!
Thanks Mimi!

Julie said...

Thank you for this post. It is so true, and I've experienced it, you are not still when you are drifting and it is so dangerous because you think perhaps you are "moving" in the right direction. This is one of my favorite songs. We used to sing it in my home church!! I'm so thankful for Christ and His stedfastness in my life.

My Army Brats and Me said...

Thank you for praying for me. I did not get the results that I was hoping for but there must be a plan for me. I am handing my breast cancer to God. Starting my journey.