Are You Drifting?

Drifting is subtle.

Have you ever enjoyed the sun on a blow-up at ocean’s edge, drifting along without a care in the world?
Drifting is easy.
Halt your canoe’s paddle for a spell. Travel without effort will be added to your ticket.
Drifting requires no effort.
Getting in the boat is all it takes. Exertion does not exist here.
But, drifting can be dangerous.

Therefore we ought to pay greater attention to the things that were heard, lest perhaps we drift away.

Hebrews 2:1 WEB

I’ve been guilty of drifting at times. 

A little reading time off here, a lack of praying there, grumbling and thanklessness spread throughout. My faith feels a chill. The face of Jesus becomes blurry and distant.  

He’s still there, but I’m drifting away.

Unlike some of those Hebrews was written for initially, I don’t give up my faith. But, His voice becomes faint as I flow where the current and waves of life see fit. My Christianity becomes dull and muted.


Drifting occurs in the midst of these:

     ~ Busyness
        You know how schedules go. Kids. Soccer. School. Work. Activities. No time.
     ~ Complacency
         I’m happy right where I am. Life is warm and comfortable.
     ~ Because it’s simply easier than paddling against the waves.
        Weary of the battle, I’m on the verge of giving up, pulling in the paddle.
     ~ Fear
        Adversity sometimes brings a squirm, so does teasing and stepping out into something new.

God, in His faithfulness, warns of this. He uses the writer of Hebrews to flash a red warning light. 

Pay attention. 
Be diligent. 
Don’t drift away! 
What you have is real. 
Keep a tight grip on this love walk with Me. 
I understand, and I won’t let you down.

Drifting pulls us far from land as a rip current pulls from the safety of shore. It takes us to a place where survival requires the doggie paddle times ten. It’s our own struggle. It’s our own works, drifting all the while. At that point we simply survive versus thrive. 


With drifting we simply survive, not thrive.

Drifting pilots us into barriers, like branches and rocks, that cause hurt and disruption. It causes arrival delays for our destination, just ask the Israelites. 
At its worst, drifting results in an overturned or sunken vessel that finds our faith in God at water’s bottom.
Pay attention. 
Be diligent. 
Don’t drift away! 
What you have is real. 
Keep a tight grip on this love walk with Me. 
I understand, and I won’t let you down.

But hands to paddle, paddle to water? 

Pressing against the drift, flowing where you’re designed to go?

Stroking in trust that the Faithful One is truly just that: faithful?

That’s powerful. 

That’s strength.

That’s determining to not give up because Jesus is in clear view. 

That’s faith.

And, it’s quite the opposite of drifting.

So, my friend. I’m here to encourage you today. Remember those words that have been spoken. Pay careful attention. Remember His Word with clarity as He deepens your walk. 


God loves you.


Cling with tenacity versus drifting aloof. 


He’s faithful.


Grab that paddle once again if you’ve set it down in times past. 


He forgives.


Garner the strength to paddle with tenacity. 


His promises are true.

Press on in His strength, His plan.


About the author : Kristi Woods

Kristi Woods

Kristi Woods is a writer and speaker passionate about seeing women walk deeper with God. She clicks her words of encouragement at regularly and is published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams and Premonitions as well as on various blogs. Kristi, her retired-from-the-military husband, and their three children survived a nomadic lifestyle and have now set roots in Oklahoma.

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