While he was adrift and waiting for someone to rescue him Wilson fell in the water. Chuck could not save Wilson. Wilson slowly but surely began to drift away. I can still hear Chucks cry as Wilson drifted out of sight. Chuck yelled. Wiiilllssson!!
Is that what God is doing in the lives of those that are drifting away from him? He calls out to them. Saaarrrrah!! Jaaassson!! Niiicchhol!
When we drift away it happens slowly. We suddenly find ourselves farther away from God than we have ever been. We do not know how to get back. We are not sure how we got to where we are.
When we drift away from God we will initially do not even know it is happening. We may remember a time in our lives that God meant so much to us. Time away from God is like time away from using a tooth brush. Eventually decay will set in. We become apathetic towards God. He no longer matters to us.
What sets us adrift in the first place? Do we choose to go adrift? We probably do not. What I have seen happen in the lives of many people is this. They start out all gung ho for God. They understand things that they are taught. It all makes so much sense to them. Then when adversity sets into their lives they get disappointed.
People become disappointed in God for many reasons. One of the reasons involves expectations. We are often taught how great the Christian life is. We begin to believe that being a Christian somehow disqualifies us from the problems of the world. Let’s not let the problems we face cause us to drift away from God. The greatest men in the Bible had problems that eventually made them stronger if they stayed the course.