The end of 2015 my friend Debbie had major surgery to remove a large, (benign) tumor that was wrapped around her mesenteric artery. She was thrilled to have the tumor out, but a side effect of the surgery was (and continues to be) that her body doesn’t seem to want to keep food down. After a couple of weeks out of the hospital, she had to have a PICC line put in, so she could get her nutrition from a bag.
I am not a medical professional, so please excuse my very basic knowledge. Debbie told me that her PICC line ran from her upper arm down to the large vessel that goes into the heart. She called it her “heart anchor.” We both thought that was such a cool term.
We are coming up on the one year anniversary of Debbie’s PICC line. I believe she has a port now, but the concept of a heart anchor still intrigued me. I found out that the heart anchor has a long tradition in Christian symbolism.
The anchor, itself, has been a symbol of hope since at least the times of the New Testament. Hebrews 6:19 says, “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast.” The heart, of course, symbolizes love. The cross, which can be seen in the anchor, symbolizes faith. Together they are a reminder of God’s love, which gives us our faith and hope for the future.
We might not all have a heart anchor on our tombstone (as above), or a heart anchor tattoo, or even something anchored to our actual hearts, like Debbie, but we probably all have something (or someone) who reminds us of faith, hope and love. Mine is my husband, Art. His constant love and presence in my life, since we were both 16 years old, gives me faith and hope for our future.
God has given each of us our own heart anchor. We each have that constant reminder of faith, hope, and love, if we’ll just look for it. What’s yours?