Are You Drifting or in a Storm?

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“For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it,” (Hebrews 2:1 NASB).

It was supposed to be a sailing adventure for Pastor Loran and his youth group at Central Church. His friend procured three sailing vessels that resembled the Nina, Piñta, and the Santa Maria. I’m not sure how much they looked like the ships that came across the Atlantic with the Columbus, but they seemed just about as old.

When they left the dock, the sky was blue, the wind was brisk, and the teenagers were ready to forge the sea. However, by nightfall, a threatening gale blew in and the rolling waves grew to fifteen foot walls of water, tossing the tiny boats like toys in a toddlers tub.

“Loran,” the captain said, “This storm could mean big trouble for us. You’re going to have to stay up all night and hold the wheel steady to keep the boat on course.”

So all-night, Loran fought the storm. He kept alert. He prayed to the One who calms the seas and kept his eyes on the sailboats in front of him – one of which held two of his most prized possessions, his daughters. Hundreds of times, the boat shot straight into the air and then dashed into the inky water. But Loran held fast. It was a battle he was determined to win.

In the wee hours of the morning, the wind and rains came to a halt. The storm had passed and once again the boats cut a smooth path across the glassy sea. Everyone was exhausted from the rollicking of the night before, so the team decided to look for a lagoon to drop anchor and rest. One was found, and the three sailing vessels stopped for a few hours of rest and relaxation in the safety of the cove.

Loran jumped in the cool crystal blue water and suddenly realized how tired he was from the struggle of the night before. He turned over on his back, closed his burning eyes, and began to float. Slowly the knots in his neck and back began to unwind and tension escaped from his aching muscles. The noises of the teens playing in the water were soon muffled and the only sound he heard was water splashing against his skin and the occasional call of a sea gull. He was so relaxed he almost drifted off to sleep as his body drifted out to sea.

After some time, Loran looked up and noticed that he had drifted a great distance away from the rest of his party. They were playing happily in the water and had no idea Loran was gone.

“OK, Lord. Help me get back,” he prayed.

Loran swam and swam, fighting the water with all his might, but the receding tide was stronger that he was. After what seemed like a lifetime, Loran was still a mile or so from his friends and family.

“Help!” he cried. But no one heard his distant cry.

“Oh God! Don’t let me die now.”

Somehow, Loran finally made it back to the boat alive. As he lay panting on the deck, he realized a great truth.

Over the past twenty-four hours, he had been in great danger two times – once battling the storm and the other drifting out to sea. But of the two, he was in more danger when he was carelessly drifting along than he was when he was alert and standing fast.

Paul tells us in Hebrews 2:1 “For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.”

[tweetherder]Carelessly drifting can be a dangerous business, but storms keep us alert and ready at the helm. [/tweetherder] We need to stay alert to the enemy’s tactics in the storm-times and the calm-times, and be careful not to drift along a current that takes us away from the course of life God has planned. So join me in paying attention today!

Let’s Pray

Dear Father, help me to always be alert. I know that the devil roams around like a roaring lion looking for those who are aimlessly drifting through life. He sneaks in when we least expect it. Help me never to get too comfortable with my life that I drift aimless along, but rather keep me alert to the changing winds and tides – holding fast to You in the storms of life and in the calm seasons as well. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

What Do You Think?

Can you think of a time when you were caught off guard by a temptation or by the devil?

What do you think could have made the difference in your ability to see the temptation coming?

How would you describe your spiritual life at the time…alert and on course or drifting?

If this post encouraged you to pay attention during both the calm and chaos, click over to my blog and say, “I’m on guard!”

Want More?

Spiritual Warfare is very real. If you would like to learn more about how to take every thought captive and recognize the enemy before he strikes, check out my book, I’m Not Good Enough…and Other Lies Women Tell Themselves. In it you’ll learn how to recognize Satan’s lies, reject the lies, and replace the lies with truth.


63 Responses to Are You Drifting or in a Storm?

  1. Blanca July 16, 2013 at 2:23 am #

    I’m on guard

  2. Raquel July 16, 2013 at 4:49 am #

    I’m on guard!

  3. Patricia July 16, 2013 at 8:43 am #

    i am on guard.

  4. Patricia July 16, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    i am on guard

  5. Sheena July 16, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    I’m on guard

  6. Nancy Beneteau July 16, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    I’m on guard!

  7. Becky July 16, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    I’m on guard!

  8. susan m July 16, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    I’m on guard!

  9. Kerri July 16, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    I’m on guard!

  10. Teri July 16, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    I’m on guard!

  11. Maria July 16, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    “I’m on guard”

  12. Eliana July 16, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    I’m on guard.

  13. BethA July 16, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    I’m on guard!

  14. Kathy July 16, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    I’m on guard….thanks.

  15. Claudette July 16, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    I’m on guard

  16. Betty Stephens July 16, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    I’m on guard!

  17. Ciara July 16, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    I’m on guard !!

  18. Karen July 16, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    I’m on guard!

  19. Wanda July 16, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    I’m on guard. God Bless You!

  20. roshanda July 16, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    I am on guard

  21. Nicole July 16, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    I Am On Guard!!!!!!!!

  22. Shonda July 16, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    Im on guard!

  23. Linda July 16, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    I’m on guard. Thank you for the reminder. It is easy to drift sometimes and very dangerous. I have been there and it makes my heart ache.

  24. Teresa July 16, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    I’m on guard! Thanks for keeping me at my post 🙂

  25. Cynthia McGarity July 16, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    Thanks for this Sharon. I HAVE NOT BEEN ON GUARD for the past two weeks (you know the drill…family vacation with drama and icky creeping in…old ways of dealing with things taking over…ugh), but have been mindful the past few days since I’ve been back that my guard has been down. Sooo….thank you for this important reminder. And today..


  26. Dianne July 16, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

    I’m on Guard!!!

  27. Sarah July 16, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    I’m on guard!! Wearing daily the gift of His amazing armor!!

  28. Pam July 16, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

    I’m on guard… Amen…

  29. Raelynn July 16, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    I’m on guard!

  30. Andee July 16, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    I’m standing guard

  31. Treva Card July 16, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    I’m on Guard!!

  32. Stephanie July 16, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    I’m on guard

  33. Ashley July 16, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    I’m on guard.

  34. Patricia M July 16, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    I am on Guard!!

  35. Radonna Locke July 16, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    I’m On Guard

  36. Vickie July 16, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

    I’m on guard! I so needed to be reminded of this today. Thanks Sharon 🙂

  37. Wendy July 16, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    I’m on guard. Lord I love you.

  38. aolani July 16, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

    I’m on guard! Thank you Holy Spirit for ministering thru Sharon. Aloha! 🙂

  39. Linda Weems July 16, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    I’m on guard,Lord help me to stay that way.

  40. Daniele July 16, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    I’m on guard!

  41. Sue July 16, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

    I’m on guard

  42. Jeanine July 17, 2013 at 1:21 am #

    I’m on guard!

    Thanks for your sweet spirit Sharon, and for sharing with us!

  43. Jeulia July 17, 2013 at 1:33 am #

    I am on guard. Thank you so much for this message. I have heard the scriptures many times before but it finally clicked. My life has never been “calm” with any regularity but God has carried me through it all and I am blessed by His many blessings bestowed on me and my family. He knows me and knows that I tend to “relax” when things are going well so He keeps me on guard on a regular basis. Trials increase our faith but they certainly help keep us on guard. Praise God

  44. anneke July 17, 2013 at 1:57 am #

    I’m on guard!

  45. Becky July 17, 2013 at 3:41 am #

    I’m on guard..

  46. Esther Ndegwa July 17, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    I am on Guard! Thank you Sharon

  47. Kate Walsh July 17, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    been on holiday (literally) and haven’t been on guard but i’m back and standing guard against the devil and his schemes

  48. ANGELA LOMBARD July 17, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    I am on Guard. God bless you

  49. Christine July 17, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    Thank you for this message! I tend toward the habit of drifting in calm waters…and need to be on guard so I AM ON GUARD!

  50. YV July 17, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    I am on guard. I want to be on guard. I need to be on guard.

  51. Db July 17, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    I’m on guard!

  52. Edna July 17, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    I’m on guard!

  53. Sandy July 17, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

    I am on guard. Thanks for today.

  54. JD July 18, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    I’m on guard. Satan tries to run our workplace and makes it very difficult. I always come back to the Word to help me stay on guard. Thank you!!!

  55. Felicia Fisher July 18, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

    To God be the glory. I have not been on guard and can think back on how I have let myself fall into the traps of handling things my way not God’s way. Thank you for the reminder of how the enemy is always on his job and so is God. I AM BACK ON GUARD!!!

  56. Brenda July 18, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    I’m on guard

  57. Wendi July 19, 2013 at 1:50 am #

    This is exactly what I have been praying to God about the past few days…maybe weeks! I REALLY needed to read this, and am so thankful that God has shown me this right when I need it. Thank you so much, and I am on guard! 🙂

  58. Mutakooha Wilson July 23, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    Today I trade my fears and debts for wisdom, strength, confidence, wealth and prosperity in Jesus’ name Amen.

  59. Cindy July 23, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    He snuck up on me yesterday, but today, I’m on guard ( I have some of those unredeemed S & H Green stamps)!

  60. Te July 23, 2013 at 10:30 pm #


  61. oyeronke July 28, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    Sharon your articles so iinspiring and always a word in season for the weary soul. I’m on guard lady of grace and valour.

  62. Laura August 3, 2013 at 8:56 am #

    I’m on guard!

  63. Doris Thompson August 6, 2013 at 11:08 pm #

    Im on guard! Keep me in prayer to keep doing God s will in my life and family

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