My Best Friend and Our Anchor

As I write this, my wife and I are celebrating another wedding anniversary. Marriage is not always easy. It consists of two imperfect persons having different strengths, weaknesses, and temperaments together facing various—and sometimes unexpected—situations and trials.

Before giving my wife her card and a couple small gifts, I pulled up on my phone, “You’re My Best Friend,” by Queen. Some of the lines in the song are, “Ooh, you make me live, whatever this world can give to me,” “In rain or shine, you’ve stood by me girl,” “Ooh, you make me live whenever this world is cruel to me I got you to help me forgive,” “Oh, you’re the first one when things turn out bad, you know I’ll never be lonely,” and “I’m happy, happy at home, you’re my best friend.” These words are descriptive of my wife. She has stood by me through some really difficult times.

Yet, we also have the Lord to give thanks to. Again, marriage is not easy. In fact, there are times it can be extremely difficult. In life, faith, and marriage, we have this hope and promise:

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

Aside from any opinions of Ray Boltz (or Queen, for that matter), there is still truth in the words to his song, “The Anchor Holds.” 

“The anchor holds / Though the ship is battered / The anchor holds / Though the sails are torn / I have fallen on my knees / As I faced the raging seas / The anchor holds / In spite of the storm.”

There are times when storms seem to thrash us around and hope begins to seem dashed on the rocks. But through prayer, an anchor that holds, and commitment, we are still together. We’re still going to have bad days and get on each other’s nerves, and there are still more storms to come. But my wife is my best friend, and Jesus Christ is our anchor of hope. 

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