We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard so that we do not drift away. Hebrews 2:1 NIV
I love summertime. It’s a wonderful time to gather with family and friends and venture out into God’s glorious creation. Summer is a time of road trips and vacations, a time to journey into the mountains or lay aimlessly on a towel at the pool or the beach. I prefer the latter. Every year my family vacations at the beach. My girls love to run along the beach, gripping sand in their toes and building castles of sand towards heaven. My husband enjoys diving below the surface, looking for treasures left behind on the ocean floor.
If you’re looking for me, you will find me sitting under an umbrella as large as a four person tent, covered from head to toe in 90 + UVA, UVB flex seal strength sun screen and wearing the widest brim hat money can buy. You could say I’m a tad paranoid when it comes to sun exposure. However, there is but one caveat to this perfect sun screen storm. If the ocean water is clear, and the temperature of the water feels like taking a bath--if, and only if these ideal conditions exist--you may just spot me lounging on a float adrift along the sea shore (cue the dramatic Jaws theme).
I don’t know what it is, but there is something so peaceful and relaxing feeling the sun on your skin, the wind slowly rocking you back and forth, listening to the soft lapping of the waves against your vessel (in this case a float). Now, normally I am alert and attentive to my surroundings, especially when there’s nothing but endless tons of water surrounding me. However, one summer I found myself in a bit of a predicament. It was a cloudy day, and the air was nice and warm. The water was the perfect temperature for floating. As I settled myself on my little float island, I allowed my eyes to close. I drifted off to sleep. I don’t know at what point I woke myself up, but suddenly, I realized I had not only drifted down the beach, but the current had pushed me further out into the ocean than I had ever been before. Knowing that the current was too strong to paddle directly towards the shore, I knew there was no other option but to do the one thing of which I was terrified. Put my feet in the water and kick parallel to the shore (cue the Jaws theme), slowly working my way inland. Exhausted after paddling for more than 15 minutes I made it back to the shore, feeling stupid for having fallen asleep in the middle of the ocean.
My experience reminded me of how complacent I can be in my own life. I can get so caught up in my daily schedule and weekly routine that I get lulled away from spending quality time with God. When my priorities take precedence over God, I find myself adrift on my own selfish island. Thankfully, God is always there to tow me to shore (no paddling required).
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Are you feeling alone or adrift in life? Ask God to throw you a life preserver, and allow Him to set your life back on course.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for always drawing me close to You when we drift apart. You always pursue me; help me to become more diligent at pursuing You. Help me to not get so caught up in my day to day tasks that I drift away from Your presence.
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