My steady Anchor

There have been seasons in my life where I felt adrift or lost at sea. Emotions have swelled and crashed and left me breathless. Yet, nothing compares to the utter terror I felt in the midst of Hurricane Postpartum. Maybe you know the gut-wrenching feeling of being blown about with out anything to grab on to. I liken it to going sky-diving and then realizing halfway down, the parachute won’t open. It’s real and there is scientific evidence behind this feeling that begins in the brain. (Alexis Wnuk wrote a brief article called “The Postpartum Brain is a “Perfect Storm” for Depression” describing what happens in the brain that might be of help to anyone reading this.) What do we do as Christians when we go through “perfect storms” that seem to have no end? We need something to anchor us, something outside of our own selves.

One of Merriam-Webster’s definitions of an anchor is something that serves to firmly hold an object. More specifically, it is a device attached to a water vessel that when cast overboard into the water, will hold the boat in a particular place by means of a fluke digging into the bottom of the ocean bed.

The one thing that could firmly hold me, even if for just an hour, was reaching out and grabbing onto hope in my Savior.

Hebrews 6:17-20 says “So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”

All that Christ is, all that He has done and promises to do, is the only anchor for our souls.

Music can infiltrate truth into our hearts in amazing ways. Matt Boswell’s song “Christ the Sure & Steady Anchor” beautifully expounds on this symbol of anchoring our hope in the Lord. When the waves toss us to and fro and threaten to destroy our little ship, he holds us fast in His sovereign grip. It is a promise that is based on God’s unchangeable ways. So, in any storm we can take heart that He will never let us go.

Christ the sure and steady anchor,
In the fury of the storm;
When the winds of doubt blow through me,
And my sails have all been torn.
In the suffering, in the sorrow,
When my sinking hopes are few;
I will hold fast to the anchor,
It will never be removed.

Christ the sure and steady anchor,
While the tempest rages on;
When temptation claims the battle,
And it seems the night has won.
Deeper still then goes the anchor,
Though I justly stand accused;
I will hold fast to the anchor,
It shall never be removed.

Christ the sure and steady anchor,
Through the floods of unbelief;
Hopeless somehow, O my soul, now,
Lift your eyes to Calvary.
This my ballast of assurance,
See his love forever proved.
I will hold fast to the anchor,
It will never be removed.

Christ the sure and steady anchor,
As we face the wave of death;
When these trials give way to glory,
As we draw our final breath.
We will cross that great horizon,
Clouds behind and life secure;
And the calm will be the better,
For the storms that we endure.

Christ the sure of our salvation,
Ever faithful, ever true!
We will hold fast to the anchor,
It shall never be removed.

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