I drift. Up at six a.m. to pray, I acknowledge the Lord and thank Him for the day. But as I begin to lay concerns at His feet, I find my mind on events that happened yesterday, ten years ago, or on things I have to do today. “Focus!” I warn myself, pulling my mind back from the drift.
The Drifters topped the musical listening chart in the 1960s. With the Drifters, I drifted “Under the Boardwalk” or “Up on the Roof.” I liked the few mental minutes of checking out of the important things to a sandy beach away from the crowds and close to the clouds.
The Drifters planted in me a desire to put the world and its issues behind and drift off. That tendency spilled over into my spiritual life. The drift took over my daily activities too. My list of “must-dos” for the day is honed and intentional: read my Bible, call someone I’ve been avoiding, clean the front closet, spend more than ten minutes with the Lord, mind my mouth, write a few pages of that book I’ve been meaning to write. But my living drifts from what I want or should do.
Then I read about God, the ultimate antithesis of drifting. He has had a plan since the beginning of time. He is unmoved by circumstances and concentrates on those He created and loves. Every bit of God wants every bit of us. His plan hinges on the death of His Son, Jesus, and He never driftes. God focuses on loving, forgiving, dying, and conquering death through His Son’s resurrection.
God’s eyes, ears, and attention are toward you. Don’t drift from Him.
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Jo Ann Walczak