The Story Behind “Anchor”

On October 20, 2011 by Eddie

It’s kind of crazy, but several times I have written songs that are eerily prophetic in my own life. For instance, as I began compiling songs for this record I was really being turned upside down by the idea that God was going to restore creation in the new heaven and new earth. He is going to make everything new again, and mend all things that were broken. That idea was gripping me and impacting the way I lived my life. At the same time, I went back to look through a bunch of old song ideas to see what, if anything, I could use for this project. Almost every one of them had the phrase “making us new” in it. Bizarre. Months ago, this wasn’t something I was thinking at all, but obviously God had already planted it in me and wanted to pull it out. I think it’s God’s way of reminding me that He’s the one that writes the songs to begin with, I’m lucky to be involved in the process.

“Anchor” was one of those songs. When I first wrote the chorus, over a year ago, I didn’t think anything of it. The verses and bridge came together months later, and it still didn’t really impact me as much as they do now. After recording the song, I was sitting in a counselor’s office when she told me how much everything in my life was directly connected to how I viewed God’s love for me. The degree to which I rested securely in his unchanging love for me was the degree to which I would be able to find peace and stability in life. Again, these are things I’ve heard my whole life, but in the middle of my life circumstances at the time, it was exactly what I needed to hear, and I instantly thought about this song. I’m so thankful for those moments, they size me up quickly and remind me that God is the artist behind all of this stuff.

Since that time, I’ve been repeating a prayer over and over, as a way of remembering that the love of Christ is the only hope I have of staying anchored and stable in life. It’s a simple prayer that reflects the whole idea of this song, and I hope one day I’ll truly believe it…

The hand of the Father upholds me,

I have nothing to defend.

The love of Jesus affirms me,

I have nothing to prove.

The work of the Spirit renews me,

I have nothing to hide.

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