Do you have a favorite place? You know that place where you just love to go; the mountains, the dessert, Hume Lake, the Beach, Disneyland, Hawaii, down town, the Zoo, the park, or your back yard. Destinations that truly fill you up and bring you joy. Do you have places like that? I know I do. One of those places for me is the beach. Something about the sand, the water, the smell, the sun, the breeze, the sounds all just make me smile. For me, the beach is relaxing, rejuvenating, and a place of recreation. It is a time of recharging, and a time of reflection… reflection on life and great conversations with God.
On one such time of relaxing and reflecting at the beach I was doing a little people watching, observing a group of guys out in the water playing and having a great time in the waves. They were all bragging how they were great body-surfers until this one larger wave caught them off guard whipping them into a foaming frenzy of respect for the ocean. They all came up sputtering and shaking the water out of their ears, one guy had seaweed in his hair, and you could tell they now were moving with a little more caution. One thing they noticed is how far they had drifted from their towels and such on the beach. They were amazed at how far and fast they had moved. They had learned quickly about the coastal shore line current that causes one to drift unless you keep adjusting and head back to your original entry point.
As I watched more people it was amazing how people handle this drift. Some notice the movement right away and keep swimming or walking back to adjust their drift. Others were completely unaware and were rather shocked as they came out of the water looking around for the familiarity of their belonging and yet could not find them because they have drifted so far. Still others seemed to know of the drift but because they were watching fellow swimmers who were drifting along with them they had no idea they were moving farther and farther away from their base camp location.
As I reflected on this phenomenon I started to think about how easy it is to drift from our base camp of living life God’s way and drift relationally from the Lord. Especially during the summer…when we are having so much fun vacationing and enjoying time with others and the blessing of play that we forget to make sure we are still in line with God’s way of life. Now please don’t misunderstand me that play or recreation or having fun or vacationing is not good, we need those times and I believe God wants us to rest and relax and take our ‘Sabbaths’. But we do need to continually check where we are and where we need to be. That’s why the Psalmist said this…
Psalm 139:23-24 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
We need times of reflection where we talk to God to see if we are drifting in anyway. As well it’s important we read our Bibles…
2 Timothy 3:16 -17 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
And go to church where the Bible is taught, and get involved in Small Groups where we can interact with others as to how God wants us to live…
Hebrews 10:25 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another– and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
So, we are well into summer…how’s your drift?
Just a little encouragement to reflect and interact with the Lord. He loves you and looks forward to those times where you two talk.
Reflecting with you,