I remember when I was younger and not an experienced driver, parking my brown Buick Regal on a hill and forgetting to use the parking brakes. I saw something moving in my peripheral vision, turned and saw my automobile rolling. I quickly jumped in the car and pushed the parking breaks down. I was happy that I didn’t ignore the movement as I walked away; shrug it off and keep walking. I would have been very disappointed when I returned and found my vehicle at the bottom of the slope, possibly crashed, or involved in an automobile accident.
I learned from that incident to always utilize my parking breaks when I am on a hill.
I am also reflecting on a vacation when I was standing on a sandy beach meditating, gazing at huge, blue, frothy waves from the Pacific Ocean; breathing in the fresh smell of salt sea water, as cool waves rolled over my feet. I looked back toward the beach when my sister called my name and realized I had drifted quite far from where I initially stood. I was unaware that I was slowly drifting farther into the ocean.
It was subtle.
I didn’t feel my body being pulled or any change in equilibrium.
The above scenarios made me think about how we can drift away from Jesus slowly and imperceptibly. To “drift away” means to flow past, slip away, or pull away.
What I’m saying is that we do not wake up one morning and recognize that we are not as close to the Lord as we used to be. We have been slowly slipping away and pulling away.
It could be a multitude of things that caused us to drift away – new job, new home, marriage, divorce, sickness – We focus all of our energy on the situation at hand and ignore the current slowly pulling us into the ocean.
We start praying quick, superficial prayers instead of spending intimate time with God.
We stop reading our Bible daily because we don’t have time.
We exhaust precious time trying to impress our new boss, wife/husband, or friends instead of getting to know Jesus better.
We decide prayer doesn’t work if we aren’t healed immediately, our marriage isn’t saved, or we don’t get the new job or new home.
We have to stay anchored to the Rock, which is Christ Jesus. He will keep us from drifting.
“Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.”—————————————————————————————-Hebrews 2:1