“Catch my Drift”
It is so easy to drift in life. Our natural tendency is to just go with the flow. We can easily find ourselves becoming “human driftwood”, blown this way and that way, by every little breeze that arises. Waves of adversity blow us off course. Too often we are subject to just whatever comes our way…and without fail things come our way! Each and every day we face the vicissitudes of life. How we deal with the gale force winds of conflict or the tidal waves of sorrow will determine the joy or lack of joy in our lives.
How? That is the question! How do we not allow ourselves to drift? You see, driftwood eventually becomes debris, washed up on some desolate shore, of some forgotten island. That is the real danger we face when we acquiesce to each gentle breeze or when we go along with every rolling wave. We end up with no purpose and usually drift toward unhealthy things.
So, how do we stay on course?
The writer of Hebrews shares an important principle.
“Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.”
Two thoughts come to my mind when I ponder this most important topic.
First, if we want to NOT DRIFT we must STAY FOCUSED on an object that does not move.
I am sure you have been in the ocean, splashing around with family and friends, and then look up and you find yourself so far away you can hardly see your umbrella and beach towels. The current carried you down shore while you were admiring a school of fish or trying to get sea weed off your snorkel mask. It just happened…
I have never driven a tractor in my life, but I used to love to ride on my uncle Jack’s red Massey Ferguson. He owned a farm in McMinnville Tennessee, and during the summers we would go and stay awhile. He would toss me up on the tractor, I would adjust my baseball cap, stick a piece of hay in my mouth and away we would go! But I have never driven one! I have friends who have told me, that it is easy to crank up a Kubota, plow a long row, turn around and it look more like a wiggly worm than a straight line.
What is the answer? Whether in the ocean or in a dry field you must Stay Focused on an object that does not move.
Pick out a tall hotel and keep an eye on it. Splash, laugh, chicken fight, but just keep your eye on the Marriott. That thing is not going anywhere…if it does you have something a lot more serious than not being able to find your rainbow colored parasol…
Find a tree on the horizon or a fence post. As you plow keep glancing toward something that does not move.
In life, I focus on Jesus! Again, the writer of Hebrews can help us out.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
Jesus never changes. I wake up every day and spend time with the Rock that does not Roll. It is amazing what happens when the tsunamis hit in our lives…how we can stay the course, focusing on the one who can walk on the waves and calm the winds.
Secondly, if we want to NOT DRIFT we must make Moment by Moment Adjustments.
I love to watch those guys who walk on a tight rope. Well I guess I can’t say I love to watch, because I only catch some of it, usually through my hands that have covered my eyes. Some walk high above the center ring of a circus! Some walk across buildings! I watched one guy walk across a portion of the Grand Canyon. How do they do it? I don’t know! But one thing I do know is that they make adjustments moment by moment! Walking carefully, with a long balance pole, they make their way from one side to the other. With each step an adjustment is made.
It is important in life to make moment by moment adjustments as well. I want to encourage you to look daily to the Word of God. Spend time in the greatest book ever written. Allow the truths that are found within help you make the adjustments you need to make day by day…do you Catch my Drift?