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In Times Like These

By Fran Caffey Sandin

We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek” (Hebrews 6: 19,20).

            As sailors, especially in the springtime, my husband and I have learned the importance of an anchor. One time while sailing on Lake Tawakoni, a heavy wind came up and blasted against our day-sailor pushing it rapidly toward the lee shore. (No motor just sails).

“Throw out the anchor!” We needed it to slow our 17-footer to avoid the rocks.

 Uh Oh! When I reached for the anchor, it wasn’t there. Oh No! We forgot it! So, we hung on tight as our vessel raced to the mud and came aground just short of the rocks. We waited out the storm and used long paddles to scoot away from the shoreline, and finally sailed back to our dock. Not our happiest sailing experience. 

Our lives are like sailing, sometimes peaceful and at other times stormy. The anchor is useful for mooring a boat in peaceful waters or for securing the boat in harsh, wild days. In Acts 27: 29, the apostle, Paul, described throwing out four anchors from the stern to slow the craft from being beaten in a gale prior to the subsequent shipwreck.

            Sailors must remember to make sure the anchor is in place BEFORE launching the boat. Also, the rope must have a secure knot to the anchor and one on the end of the rope that is secured to a cleat on the boat. Otherwise, when you throw out the anchor you see the “bitter end,” a rope without a knot. Bye-bye anchor.

            In our spiritual lives we need an anchor for the soul, especially in difficult times.
Today, in 2020, our world is reeling from the pandemic of the coronavirus crises. The U.S. President has compared our times to the World War II era. stating that we are in a war against an unseen enemy. Our medical and scientific experts are working around the clock to find answers to quell the pestilence and its deadly results.

            During WWII, sadly over 400,000 young U.S. soldiers lost their lives. It was during that time that Ruth Caye Jones, a minister’s wife and mother of five, reflected on the words of 2 Timothy 3:1, took a small notepad from her apron pocket, and jotted down the words to “In Times Like These.” When she heard George Beverly Shea sing it at a Billy Graham Crusade, she tearfully said, “I just feel that God gave it to me, and I gave it to the world.”

            Here are the words: 
In times like these you need a Savior, in times like these you need an anchor; Be very sure, be very sure, your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

Chorus: This rock is Jesus, Yes, He’s the One, this rock is Jesus, the only One; Be very sure, be very sure, your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

In times like these you need the Bible, in times like these, O be not idle; Be very sure, be very sure, your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!                Repeat Chorus

In times like these I have a Savior, in times like these I have an anchor; I’m very sure, I’m very sure, my anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

This rock is Jesus, Yes, He’s the One, this rock is Jesus, the only One; Be very sure, be very sure, your anchor holds and grip the Solid Rock!

 Jesus is our anchor. We don’t want to forget Him, and we want to stay securely connected through prayer and Bible study for times that are calm and now for the storm.

            Dear Heavenly Father, our world is struggling with the coronavirus war. Our boat is rocking with uncertainty, some with death of loved ones, some with anxiety, illness, some with all kinds of insecurity. Lord, please give us peace in your presence, and the assurance of your unfailing love as we find our security in you alone. You are our blessed anchor. In Jesus’s name we pray, amen.