So goes the chorus to the Ray Boltz song “The Anchor Holds.” We had a gentleman sing that song at our church Sunday night – and he did a wonderful job! That song really ministered to me Sunday night, and little did I know how much I would need it on Monday. As I am sailing along this life journey, all of sudden I feel the need for a strong dose of Dramamine. My soul is motion sick from the ups and downs lately.
I will not go into details now (I will save this one for a future blog of its own), but suffice it to say today has been a day of rough seas on the open waters of this faith journey. It is amazing how life seems to ebb and flow like the tides of the ocean. One day can be filled with good news that leads us to rejoice and praise God, then suddenly you can be blind-sided with some harsh realities on the very next day that threaten to pull you down into the depths of despair.
If we were left to navigate the sea of life on our own, we certainly would get bounced around and eventually lose our way. But the Ray Boltz song is based on a precious Scriptural description of Jesus as a “a sure and firm anchor of the soul.” (Hebrews 6:19)
Jesus is a sure and firm anchor of our soul because He is strong enough to withstand all the circumstances of life that otherwise would be our demise. In fact, those same circumstances are all part of God’s plan to grow us to be more like Jesus. Things that are over our head are still under His feet! To use a good Bible word, Jesus is STEADFAST. He isn’t going anywhere. He is not subject to the changing circumstances of life, neither is He surprised by them or caught off guard by them. He does not ride high on the wave of good “fortune” nor does He get caught in the dangerous rip tide of misfortune.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:38-39)
We can hold on to the fact that in the middle of whatever is going on in our lives, God is working out a plan – His plan. It is a plan for our good not our harm; to give us a hope for our future.
So, if you are like me and you are caught in circumstances that are taking you for a ride – hold on, anchor in the fact that God is in control and THROUGH your circumstance He WILL come through and bring you to the other side. Take some spiritual Dramamine (the Bible) and hold on tight. Help is on the way. (Psalms 121 and 46)