We Are Adrift

August 19, 2012
by Julie Bowles

Psalm 119:10 – I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. (NIV)

You would think, after owning a boat for the past five years, that some things would become automatic, such as checking that the rope is secured to the anchor. Well, apparently not, as anchor number two departed from us today. It was a rather breezy day, and after finding a secluded bay in which to anchor for the day, we went about swimming from the boat and chatting to one another. A few times, I mentioned that we seemed to be drifting, only to be told that we weren't. After an hour, though, it became apparent that the wind was actually taking us out of our secluded bay, or was it the wind? Deciding to move the boat to another area, I began to pull the rope that had once had the anchor at the other end. I made only two pulls on the rope before I announced that I thought that the anchor was not at the other end. Unfortunately, I was correct.

In our enjoyment of the water and our conversation, we had been quietly drifting from our anchored location. Even though I had warned earlier that we were drifting, we dismissed it.

This got me thinking about how easy it is in our spiritual life just to drift along, and when people point it out to us, how easy it is for us at times to dismiss it. Yes, we were safe, but we should have been staying in our location.

We can drift in our walk with Jesus and still remain safe, but it's not what He wants for us.

Hebrews 2:1 – We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. (NIV)

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to hold Your truths and Your ways close to our hearts. Lord, in the times that we drift away, bring people to speak life and truth into our lives. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Julie Bowles <julieanni@rogers.com>
Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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