I’ve been thinking about drifting.
I had the thrill recently of swimming in the ocean, communing with God’s creation and his creatures. When it was time to head back, I realized how far I had drifted from my towel on the beach. I set off swimming toward it, but despite my best effort, the current only carried me further away. I tired; my feeble arms and legs were weak from neglected exercise. By the time I got to shore the sea had carried me back down the beach, far from my nice warm towel!
It occurred to me that it’s easy to drift in my spiritual walk too, especially in the summer when familiar routines and disciplines get set aside and I neglect my spiritual muscles. Hebrews 2:1 warns, We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.
The dictionary says that to drift is to “go along aimlessly without knowing or caring where one is going; to deviate from a path.” I want to train my mind and my heart to have a single-minded focus on Jesus and the Word of God, so that I do not drift off the path he has for me or lose ground in my walk with him. Hebrews 12:12 encourages me, Strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. I know I can’t do it in my own strength, but James 4:8 reminds me, Come near to God and he will come near to you.
Help me not to drift aimlessly in my walk with you this summer, but to pay attention and to keep my eyes fixed upon you. Help me to move ever nearer to you in faith and obedience. I claim your promise that when I do, you will come near to me, and I can draw on your strength to help me stand firm on the course you’ve set for me. May my life purpose be for your praise and glory in Jesus’ name.
The song, Shadowfeet, by Brooke Fraser has been an encouragement to me, and I hope will be to you as well:
Contributed by Cheryl Cote