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Catch My Drift? (Survivial of the Weakest 2 of 2)

When I came to the end of story of The Raft, I felt myself wanting to know more about what happened to these men. After experiencing such a perilous scrape with death, what did they do with the rest of their lives? Wouldn’t an experience like that change you forever? Wouldn’t you want to live every moment grateful to be alive and make the most of each day? Sadly, it was reported that one of the men never escaped the demons of his time at sea and died at an early age.

We are changed forever in Christ. But how easy it can be to slip back into old patterns, to let things we’ve been delivered from continue to haunt us. Chances are, If you’d been lost at sea for 34 days and someone asked you to get back in that raft and do it all again, you’d reply with a resounding “Heck, no!” and run the other way. But that’s what we do in our mind when we believe the enemy’s lies… it’s like voluntarily getting back in that raft, barely staying afloat in dangerous water.

“Run for your life from all this. Pursue a righteous life—a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy. Run hard and fast in the faith. Seize the eternal life, the life you were called to, the life you so fervently embraced in the presence of so many witnesses.” (1 Tim. 6:11, The Message)

Even more common perhaps, is a subtle flirting with temptation. There’s no crash, you’re not dropped in the middle of sea, but you go back and hang out at shore from time to time. It seems safe enough at first, but the wind picks up a bit, and before you know it, you’ve drifted out to sea again. Thankfully, all it takes to get back home is to remember the truth: You’re not lost, you’ve already been rescued! No paddling, no navigating, no self-effort are necessary. Just believing and remembering who you really are in Christ. And once you’re back on solid ground, to stand firm and think twice before you go near the shore again.

“But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News.” (Col. 1:23)

Story taken from: “The Raft: The Courageous Struggle of Three Naval Airmen Against the Sea” by Robert Trumbull

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4 thoughts on “Catch My Drift? (Survivial of the Weakest 2 of 2)

  1. Lesa

    So I have been thinking about this series for a while and at first I thought about it very literally. I recalled similar stories of survival that I had read and heard and thought about how life would seem after something like that.

    But after a few days, the metaphor began to reveal itself and I realized how many “life changing” experiences and “epiphanies” I have had. (LOTS). But how much does my life ever really change? (LITTLE). One of the benefits of a spiritual practice is the way that these revelations begin to show up in your life and character. You don’t just have the thought and then go on about your life, occasionally wondering what happened to your “life changing” moment. You see a better self because you have taken the time and made the commitment to practice and integrate. Naturally occurring fruits of labor, hmmmm that beats an elaborate point system with black out dates anytime!

  2. anj Post author

    Great insights, Lesa! While they may not pack the initial punch of a milestone (marriage, childbirth, etc.) or near-death experience, the impact of incremental change is not to be underestimated. It takes a deliberate commitment to live a new life (from my point of view, a Christ-centered life)… it’s so easy to let those old patterns suck us back in, to get back in the raft (prison) we’ve been delivered from (be it anxiety, alcohol, or arrogance). We may not even realize that we’ve been rescued.

    I have a friend who suggested reflecting yearly, “Have I made a 5% improvement from where I was last year?” And of course “improvement” is relative, but I think the point is good: Sometimes we only appreciate where we are when we look back to see just how far we’ve come.

  3. Lesa

    Anj,
    I really love the idea of small, incremental changes and your friends 5% (baby steps-word of the day!!!).It is easy to yearn for dramatic changes or feel put off by the “work” of a daily practice but, as we discussed on my blog, it is also exciting and less overwhelming to break it down to small choices and changes. It cultivates commitment, good habits, a good work ethic.

    I also love the point about looking back and appreciating. I have also had the experience of looking over my life and seeing how far I really have come. Maybe mountains didn’t move, but upon reflection I can see the tiny choices and incremental changes reflected.That is really rewarding.

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