We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. (Hebrews 2:1)
But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. (Revelations 2:4)
Colorful umbrellas celebrated along the shoreline, each granting shade and place-marking the towels and coolers that awaited hundreds of sea loving swimmers. To avoid confusion we were careful to take note of our specific picnic area before we ran out into the ocean to play. There’s nothing like the thrill of catching the perfect wave or gasping for air after a salt water tumble! When finally we exhausted ourselves, we placed our feet on the sandy shore and looked up expecting to find our bright yellow umbrella. What we found instead was a sea of towels and beach chairs a football field away from where we had started! The current was subtle and, lost in play, we never even noticed we had drifted.
Drifting is the kind of thing that often happens little by little. One minute we are where we plan to be and the next, in a place we hardly recognize. When we do finally look up and find ourselves it is with bewilderment that we ask, “How did I get here?” or “How did I become this person?” To drift is “to wander or move gradually away from a fixed course or point” and it happens one decision at a time… one thought, one attitude, one act. It happens when we give ourselves permission to lose our temper “just this once” or set our tongue free to say whatever it wants. It happens when we wander over to an improper TV show, justify a lie, or look the other way when our hearts are unkind.
It happens when we are not paying the most careful attention to the beautiful words of Christ.
Sitting in church today I felt a familiar tug. “Uh-Oh,” I thought warily, “I recognize this tug.” As the pastor spoke about one thing, I felt God speaking to me about another. I sensed Him asking if I wanted to see where I have drifted. “Seriously, Lord? I’ve drifted? Ugh.” As He gently opened my eyes I felt a piercing that burned somewhere inside me. It hurt to see my willfulness and pride. I honestly didn’t want to know this, but wrapped in His love, I let myself see and then bowed in tearful sorrow.
It’s easy to get caught up in the thrills and tumbles of the days and drift from who we want to be and how we want to live.
Paying careful attention involves learning to listen to God as He speaks to us about our lives…wherever we are! He helps us see our lives, notice where we have drifted and find the way back to our first Love.
“Father, I thank you that you love me enough to confront me. After all these years, I need your gentle corrections more than ever. Help me to return to my first Love every day and forgive my wandering heart. Amen.”
What about you?
Do you want to know where you have drifted?
Is Jesus your first Love?
Do you let God confront you? He is that still, small voice that we bump into when we read the Bible, hear a sermon or pray.
Everyone’s life is aimed at something. What is your life aimed at?
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