Drifting

My favorite place to vacation is the beach.  Any beach.  I love the sand, the heat, the water, the breeze – I love it all.  Now that I’m older I sit on the beach and read book after book.  But when I was young I loved to get on a raft, get out in the water and float.

I can remember as a child I would walk in a fairly straight line from my mother or grandmother into the water, hoist myself up on my raft (which, BTW, a 1970’s raft wasn’t as sturdy as the ones you can buy today so it made for an extremely comical activity) and aimlessly float on the gulf water, being pushed along by a soft breeze and gentle current.

After a time I would hear Granny or my mother calling out to me.  I had drifted too far out or too far down the shore, too far for them to watch me and make sure I was safe.  So I would paddle in, get my raft and walk back down the beach to start my floating all over again.

If I’m not careful I can float away from Jesus, too.  I can float too far away causing me to lose sight of my savior and protector.  It’s important to spend time every day reading scripture, praying, and listening to the Holy Spirit.  The writer of Hebrews wrote, “We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.” (Hebrews 2:1)

If we are careful to pay close attention to the gospel, we will stay close to the shore and not drift away from the truth.  It is only when we let the things of this world separate us from Jesus that we float too far out.  So today, sit up on your raft and look around.  Do you see Him?  Can you hear Him?  If not, it is time to paddle back to shore.

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Thanks, buddy – now I’m late.

I was driving to my first parent/teacher conference.  I needed to be on time because goodness knows I didn’t want to give the teacher the wrong impression.  (It was pre-K after all.)  All of a sudden some yahoo cuts into my lane, punches it through the yellow light causing me slam on the brakes.  Precious minutes tick by, because this light only changes once every millennium.

The other driver caused me to rethink my route, speed up, be late, get angry. I may have even broken a speeding law (or 2) thanks to the driver who is now far out of sight. Someone else made me act in a way that I wasn’t planning, and the thoughts in my head surely weren’t biblical.

This can happen in our spiritual life as well.  We let others cut in on us, causing us to lose focus and change what we were doing.  Instead of being influenced by Jesus we are being influenced by someone else. The Apostle Paul recognizes this problem in his letter to the Galatians.  He wrote, “You were running a good race.  Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth?  That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.”  (Galatians 5:7-8)

In other words, you were headed in the right direction.  You were on target to make it to your destination.  Who got you off track?  Who caused you to swerve off the course that Jesus laid out for you?

If you think (or know) you are off track, take note of whom you have surrounded yourself with.  It could be that you have let someone cut you off in the traffic of life, sending you in a direction you never intended.  Recognize that when a person persuades you away from your spiritual walk that isn’t coming from Jesus.  Repent, refocus and get back on the road with Jesus as your guide.

Have a blessed day!

Leigh

A not so gentle nudge

With encouragement from many of you along with the not so gentle nudge from the Holy Spirit I launch Christian Momma’s Meditations today.  A little background for those who don’t know me, then I’ll get right to what is on my heart.

I’ve always loved to write.  I asked for a Thesaurus for Christmas one year in high school (geek, I know).  For years I would think, “One day I’ll write.  One day I’ll write a blog, a book, or something that people will read.”

“One day” came at the end of last year.  As I was drinking my coffee and reading my Bible I distinctly heard the Holy Spirit say to me, “I want you to write.  For me.  On Facebook.”

Uuhhhh, hold up there, Jesus.  I mean, putting MY thoughts on Facebook wasn’t exactly what I had in mind when I was asking Him for direction for my writing.  But guess what?  “‘My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.” (Isaiah 55:8).  So with a humble and obedient heart I began to write most every day whatever the Lord told me to share. He guides my thoughts and my words.  He has put godly women in my life to encourage, strengthen and yes – gently correct me at times.  I’m grateful for them all.

So what you will find on my blog is whatever God puts on my heart.  And I’m new to blogging, so excuse my blogging ignorance – I’ll get better at it and my site will be prettier soon.  But God told me to get a blog going and this time I didn’t argue.  I write most every day about most anything.  Sometimes funny, sometimes gut wrenching – you just never know.  But I know this – God has been glorified in what I’ve posted and that’s really all that matters.

So today the Holy Spirit led me to the above scripture from Isaiah.  We think we know what we are doing, we make plans, we try to figure out the future.  We walk around the corner of tomorrow never knowing really what is waiting for us.  But God does.  And when we stop trying to figure everything out and we submit to His authority, the anxiety over not knowing and the worry over what will happen evaporate and the blessings start rolling in.

I could have ignored God’s calling.  I could have said, “Nope.  Not this momma.  I’m not putting myself, my thoughts and words out on Facebook.  I’m not opening myself up to criticism.”  Thankfully I couldn’t get away from it.  It was like a Vine video playing in my head. And it didn’t stop until I started.

So my point is this: listen to God.  Be obedient.  He would never call you to do something you can’t do.  He will equip you.  Yes, you may be criticized.  So what?  Wouldn’t you rather be criticized because you were doing what Jesus commanded rather than what the world desires?  Submit to God’s authority and calling on your life.  You’ll never regret it.