Will Your Anchor Hold in the Storms of Life?

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As I write, I hear a storm raging in the darkness of the night. The leaves are blowing from our trees, which only some weeks ago were resplendent in thick-leafed foliage. That Indian summer sun seems but a memory now as blustery October gales reduce the trees to stark silhouettes. Sometimes we have no wish to dwell upon the stark realities of life either, but as sure as autumn follows summer; storms and dark waters in life are something which we will all have to face at some time or another.

A short distance from where I live is the sea and I know that the wind there will be even wilder with high foaming tides and as the hymn describes it so vividly: “the billows roll.”

As I listen to the wind tonight, my mind travels back to summer when I saw a boat named “Steadfast” in the little town of Kilkeel in County Down. The boat rested in gentle lapping waters, safely anchored in a peaceful harbour. Oh how I long at this moment for that… “harbour bright where we shall anchor fast by the heavenly shore, with the storms all past for evermore!”

But for those who know Him, we must endure the high seas of life for another little while. What is your anchor this day in the storms of life which shall surely come? Is it a philosophy, a certain denomination or a theory that you cling to? This night as dark waters of depressing thoughts and discomfort would seek to drown me, “the cables passed from His heart to mine” and I 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 Saviour’s love.”

Oh that all who read would have that glorious assurance of knowing that their “hopes abide within the veil.”

“Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Mel-chis-ed-ec.” (Hebrews 6v19&20)

Link to the hymn “We have an Anchor:”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQQO8v-0VBo

 

 

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