There is something about hymns that place us as sailors in life that just touch a chord in us, isn’t there? We can all relate to storm-tossed seas and hardships that cause us to feel lost upon a great ocean. I think that is why these images are so clear to me, even having grown up in a land-locked, extremely dry (technically desert) place.
There are times when life is beating us down as if it were a storm. But God is there, our anchor in that storm. He is holding us fast with strong chords. He is our anchor. Don’t untie that rope that connects you to Him. He will hold you up, strong and secure through those times in life where there is just no light appearing through the storms. He has you and will show you that light at just the right moment for you.
We Have An Anchor. Hold fast to that.
We Have An Anchor
words: Priscilla J. Owens, 1882
music: William J. Kirkpatrick
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.
It will surely hold in the Straits of Fear—
When the breakers have told that the reef is near;
Though the tempest rave and the wild winds blow,
Not an angry wave shall our bark o’erflow.
It will firmly hold in the Floods of Death—-
When the waters cold chill our latest breath,
On the rising tide it can never fail,
While our hopes abide within the Veil.
When our eyes behold through the gath’ring night
The city of gold, our harbor bright,
We shall anchor fast by the heav’nly shore,
With the storms all past forevermore.