When you find yourself drifting!
“So that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain.” —Hebrews 6:18-19
Have you ever driven when absolutely tired? I remember years ago when I worked in Burlington I would travel 45 miles one way to get to work. These early morning hours took its toll on me. I remember at times being so tired in the early morning hours that I would drift while driving and find myself off the road or in the other lane. There were times I didn't remember stopping at stop signs. It was only by the grace of God that I made it safely.
It's easy to drift, and I'm not really talking about your driving prowess; Today I am talking about drifting away from the Lord. Life gets busy; studies show that stress and all associated illnesses borne out of it are eating away at us. You are busy with life and it's easy to find yourself preoccupied with your daily struggles and issues. It becomes easy to put Jesus at the back of your mind, thinking that we have all the solutions. The Bible makes it clear that our hope and steadfastness are built on Him. He is the cure for drifting; He is our anchor, our point of reference, our compass to find our way back to what makes us thrive; a life lived with Him at the center.
I"ve seen it happen all too often; we tend to retreat to wherever it feels convenient under challenging times. "I don't feel like going to church today; I think I'm just going to stay home. I'm not going to pray, God just seems so far away. I'm not going to call my friends and ask for help besides they don't really care anyway. Sound familiar?
Think about an "anchor," and what it represents and what it stands for. For those of you boating enthusiasts, the anchor is designed to get stuck in the waters floor, preventing the boat from drifting away. Without veering in nautical analogies, Jesus and the Church function along with the same parameters. He is what gets us back to our lane, preventing us from harm and getting us to our respective destinations safe and sound.
When you find yourself drifting, get back to His Word, His Church, and His people and in His embrace, you will discover true comfort, guidance, and direction. You will experience a new peace and renewal. You will experience the breakthrough you needed.
And a good cup of coffee might help too along with a visit to the Dairy Queen! Just saying!