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.
Though these words carry a “grown-up” message, they were actually written by Priscilla Jane Owens (1829–1907) for the children she taught in Sunday School.
As a wise and godly woman, she knew her students would face hardships, though there was no way to predict what form those hardships would take. Her hope for these young ones was that they would live anchored lives.
Her words are timeless, as truth always is. They can speak to the soul of every believer in every age.
This odd and heavy time we are currently living in, though menacing and even dangerous, is not stronger than our anchor. Disease, violence, even death itself cannot pull us away from Christ’s eternal grip.
In days like these, it can be helpful to talk to ourselves—provided we tell ourselves the truth. Our yes to God can be as simple as confessing that He has not changed. He has not weakened. He has not looked away.
Ah, Lord GOD!
It is you who have made the heavens and the earth
by your great power and by your outstretched arm!
Nothing is too hard for you.
(Jeremiah 32:17 ESV)