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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Importance of Being Earnest (not about the play) (08/04/11)

TITLE: Lest I Drift Away . . .
By Deborah Ann Belka


It was one of those lazy mornings, the kind that keeps pressing matters at bay. I decided to take advantage of the calmness, grabbed a cup of coffee, and took my usual seat out on the back porch.

I watched as the sailboats made their way out into the waters. A light breeze caught their sails, sending white puffs floating across blue ripples. Soon my mind was caught in the billows before me, and I let it drift . . . on its own memories.

So much of my life has been spent drifting. Drifting in and out of my faith, just as one would expect it to, if they continuously pointed their trust towards the rough seas of doubt.

Fear and anxiety were the winds beneath my sails and as soon as I came across a storm, I lost all sense of direction. The Gospel of truth, was tossed to and fro, and just like the good seed planted amongst the thorns, it was soon drowned out by the deafening noise and distraction of the squall set before me.

My half-hearted efforts to stay in the Word and to fix my sights on the Lord were no match for these troubled seas. It was easy for me to slip on the deck of my shaky faith, as soon as a wayward splash of uncertainty washed aboard.

If I were to hit a hard spot, I would quickly spring a slowly steady leak. Little by little, I would lose all the hope, trust, joy, and peace that once would keep me afloat. It didn't take long for the little dingy that I sailed on, to fill up with the incoming waters of disbelief. Before I could say help me Jesus, I would begin my descent into the dark abyss where Satan was surely awaiting me.

My mind drifts back as freely as it sailed off on the white billows before me, and I became aware of how much I have grown in the Lord. How He met me in the midst of the ragging sea, and calmed the waves of my doubt, when I finally made Him the Lord of my life.

I now know that if I am to weather the turmoil of life, I must study and apply His Word each day, and be earnest in my pursuit for the fullness of His grace and mercy.

Now when caught in a storm, I confidently set my anchor in Jesus, the author and finisher of my salvation, the beginning and the end to any tempest, the solid Rock of my hope . . . lest I once again drift away!


Hebrews 2:1

"Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away."

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C D Swanson 08/12/11
Amen - Jesus is our rock and our anchor. Faith is always inspiring. God Bless~
Linda Goergen08/13/11
Oh this so reminds me of the words of the song “The Anchor Holds”!!! And it is so sad to see so many drifting along today without Jesus to anchor them, they grasp at things that will never hold. This was so well written, great message, I enjoyed!
Cheryl von Drehle08/15/11
This is a compelling metaphor, and you follow it through nicely. There seems to be a couple of verb tense changes that are distracting. The essay might be stronger if written in present tense throughout…just a thought. But you draw your metaphor with some beautiful word pictures and the lesson is profound.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/17/11
I really needed to hear this right this second. The past 2 weeks have been some of the smoothest waters in a long while but last night I spotted storms on the horizon and I need to be reminded to never take my eyes off the Lord.