Don’t drift!

“It’s crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we’ve heard so that we don’t drift off…” Hebrews‬ ‭2:1 MSG‬‬

My sister and I LOVED the beach when we were kids. We would swim far out from the shore and ride the waves in. We would spend hours in the water, forgetting about everyone else, and we’d pretend we didn’t hear our parents calling when it was time to leave.

One particular day, our church had a beach outing and my sister and I were enjoying the water as we usually did. Every so often, we looked back to see if our parents were still in sight. A few hours later, we looked up and no one looked familiar. We couldn’t understand it.

I was the one who always panicked in such situations so I remember running out of the water, calling frantically for my mom and dad, thinking they were probably just hiding to teach us some lesson.

My sister was the calmer one, but after some time past, even she was getting worked up. We walked to the left then to the right of where we came out of the water and did not see anyone who looked familiar.

Finally, a couple approached us and said there were people on the other side of the beach looking for two little girls. She walked us in the right direction and after probably ten minutes, we began to see familiar faces, including our parents, who were probably not as happy to see us as everyone else was. 🤪

That day my sister and I learned a valuable life lesson. Each time we had looked back to the shore, we drifted ever so slightly. We did see that we were no longer directly in front of my parents, but we could still see them, so we didn’t bother to make the adjustment and swim back to where we should have been.

In this life, there are so many distractions and if we don’t walk intentionally, we’ll look up and realize that we’ve drifted away from the Word of God, the plan of God, and the higher purpose we’ve been called to.

Drifting happens slowly and subtly so now more than ever, we need to cling to the Word of God, stay focused, and walk intentionally.

-Pastor Maria Murphy