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The Anchor Holds

Growing up in Belleville, I had the privilege of being surrounded by water. The Bay of Quinte/ Prince Edward County is one of the most gorgeous tourist spots in Ontario. Just 20 minutes north of Belleville, you are in the Canadian Shield and cottage country. It is an amazing area.

I have also had the privilege of living in the gorgeous Annapolis Valley and experiencing the Bay of Fundy and the highest tides in the world. What a magnificent area in a picturesque province. So I have gotten to see bodies of water at their best and their worst.

Many live in coastal areas that are affected by hurricanes and see the ocean at its best and at its worst. I read a while ago about a gentlemen who bought an expensive boat and had it harboured in the Florida Keys. This man was a rookie and knew little about boating. He enjoyed his boat along with his family and was learning a great deal about handling and navigation his vessel. Then one day, surprise surprise, a hurricane warning went into effect – there was a major storm brewing off the coast and it was soon going to hit land. He wondered what he would do.

So he phoned up a friend who was a seasoned sailor and asked him, “What should I do?” The friend replied, “Don’t attempt to tie the boat to the dock or anything on land. It will be torn to pieces. Here is what you do. Your only hope is to anchor deep. Take four anchors and drop them deep – one on each corner of the boat – and the boat will ride the storm out.”

This little story reminds me of Hebrews 6:19 (NIV) “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure…”. Jesus Christ is our “anchor…firm and secure.” He anchors us in salvation and will never let us be moved. He anchors us in the storms of life. We might get tossed around, and sometimes the way seems pretty rough, but He will hold us “firm and secure” in His love and His promise is “that he will never leave us or forsake us” Hebrews 13:5 (NIV). And that anchor will one day take us safely home to be with our Lord forever. Oh what a glorious day that will be!

I close with the chorus from Ray Boltzs’ hit songs a few years ago “The Anchor Holds.” My friends, He is “the anchor safe and secure.” Trust Him!

The anchor holds

Though the ship's been battered

The anchor holds

Though the sails are torn

I have fallen on my knees as I face the raging seas

The anchor holds in spite of the storm

God bless you and may you be anchored in His love today – Pastor Ralph

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