It's a Slow Drift
“So [Jesus] said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” Matthew 14:29-30
What was I thinking? I was OK when I first stepped out of the boat but these waves are huge, slapping me in the face and dragging me down! Jesus may be able to do it but I sure can’t. I’m drowning! “Lord, save me!!” ~ (paraphrased) Peter, a.k.a. the “rock” on which Jesus would build his church.
It isn’t difficult to stay focused on Jesus when the storms of life threaten to drown us in worry. Peter probably only took his eyes off Jesus for a minute, but that is all it took for him to start sinking. But what about the good times when our seas are calm? What about those days that are just so…daily? We get caught up in our work, what to eat, what to wear, mundane chores, and bit-by-bit we drift away. Pretty soon we start to feel discontent and distant, and wonder where that is coming from because everything seems to be fine.
When we find ourselves coasting along enjoying sunny days and calm waters, the tide of life can slowly draw us away from diligently seeking God’s face. We begin to focus on ourselves and our surroundings, and slowly our grip on that lifeline relaxes without us even noticing. It’s good to stop and smell the roses during peaceful moments, but we also need to remember who made those beautiful flowers for us to enjoy. Sometimes complacency can be more threatening to our spiritual lives than a storm.
So, if you are in the midst of one of life’s storms, be grateful for the opportunity to share some quality time with Jesus because that is when you are likely to draw closest to Him, and he’s the one who can calm every storm. However, if you catch yourself in the middle of a slow drift, look up with a grateful heart, thank him for the good times and invite him to join you in your boat just to chat and spend some time together as friends. He is a great companion and he is the one who made the roses that smell so sweet on your peaceful path.
Prayer: Father God, thank you so much for being with us even when we are so focused on ourselves we don’t seek or feel your presence. Thank you for times of peace and rest, and for your mercy in drawing us back to you when we drift away. Breathe new life into us and ignite the fire of passion in our hearts once again as we re-commit to love You and serve you in good times and bad. Help us step more fully into the power and authority you have given us, and make us more effective in your service. All you have given us, we give back to you in gratitude to use for your honor, glory and power today, in Jesus’ name, amen.
“When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery… You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’ But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.”
Deuteronomy 8:10-14 and, 17-18