Drift

Pastor Mel was talking in staff about Wednesday nights where Generation Next Youth were talking about the slow fade. My mind went to this scenario –

You ever been to the beach?  I guess that is the first question.  You might get the same effect from a lake but definitely from the ocean.  You get to the beach early in the day and get a nice spot picked out.  Home base for the day is where the towels,chairs,umbrella,sand toys,lotions etc are located.  The lotions go on, the belly gets sucked in and out to the water you go with something large in tow to float on.  You get through the first set of breakers and sling your slippery lotion-covered body up on some type of blown up floating device that still has you light-headed from inflating it.  It feels so good to just  lay there with your eyes closed and soak up the sun as water spreads a mist on you like a spray wax in a car wash.

This wave action can be troubling for young and old, men and women.  You look towards home base on the beach and what used to be your hot wife is now a whole different family.  It was for only seconds that your eyes were closed and now the family has done packed up and left – or did they?  A closer look further up the beach reveals home base is now 100 yards (or meters) to the left of where it used to be.  Now comes the hard part, paddling.  Paddling against the push of the waves you make it back to where home base is in front of you again.  This time, eyes open, paddling becomes part of the laying back afloat so the natural current and wave action doesn’t take you adrift.  It takes some work but home base is in plain sight and still right there in front of you.

In life, we are out in the water.  We float with home base in sight and in front of us.  Not paying attention and thinking we don’t have to work at it, life begins to take us away from where we should be.  If you don’t keep your eyes open and work at it, you will find that you have drifted.  Home base is no longer right there in front.  You may have drifted so far, that home base is not even in sight.  That may be another reason that Jesus was a fisher of men.

So put your lotion on and pay attention in life to where you are.  It takes work but Jesus is standing at that home base and calling out like a lighthouse lamp on a dark and foggy night that your drifting too far.

-side note:

You may think that the float will always be there to keep you above water.  Possible..

..but I recall a time in a rock quarry near Lee University.  After some rock diving, I set out to float in the middle.  Laying back and soaking up the sun, I hear a KERPLUNK.  After another KERPLUNK, I look back to the cliff where “friends” of mine are hurling rocks in my direction.  About that time, a rock strikes the raft and air shoots from the gaping hole.  My float is now a sink and I am left to swim it in.

Watch for drift – and flying objects being hurled at you.

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