The Anchor of my Soul
Installment Number Four
- The purpose of this column is to share my
reflections on the life of we mariners and the Creator of the seas. (Proverbs Chpt. 23
verse 34) We mariners have opportunity to experience the Almighty up close and personal in
ways that others cannot.
By George Shannon
Bolger, Microtrawler & Teal builder.
I looked up how many times the word "anchor" appears in the Bible and
according to my resource book, it is mentioned in Hebrews 6:19 and again in Acts where the
account of a shipwreck makes mention of many anchors in Chapter 27. Great story by the
way. My focus and reflections come from verse 19 in Hebrews Chapter 6. It states:
"This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and on
which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having
become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek."
This passage struck me in a couple of areas. First, it made me think of
anything in this world I could trust or count on that would not move, let me down or
disappoint me. So far, no anchor that I have tried on my boats has been perfect every time
and so we have different kinds for different situations, bottom configurations, tides,
currents etc,. I looked at many people who have come in and out of my life and certainly
no steadfast anchors there. So as I have become more and more concerned about what in life
is real and what is not, this passage brings me back around to God being the only place I
can find things like truth, unchanging and steady. From my experience dropping and
weighing the anchor on the two submarines I served on, the other two important components
to the anchor, were the chain and capstan or cleat the chain is attached to on the other
end. It seems to me that in the spiritual world of God, that the chain represents my faith
response and certainly that changes in strength from day to day. When I am paying close
attention to the Word of God in my life, the chain is strong and when I lean more to the
things of the world the chain becomes a cord that can be stretched thin and even break my
connection with Him. The capstan or cleat represents Gods covenant upon me, which is
unchanging and unbreakable.
Second, this anchor goes beyond my life in this world and goes into the next
through the veil where a place is being prepared for me. It is from there that God is
speaking to me about the things I need to do to prepare for crossing the veil at my death
into unchanging life. Each day I have a choice to be open to God moving in me to change me
and show me His will in all my relationships, work and play. Each day He wants to teach
me, mold me, grace me and enjoy sharing with me His great plan for my life. And so I have
a new and different appreciation every time I lower an anchor into the water without
knowing just where the bottom is or what it looks and acts like. Or how I may be tossed
about on the water.