Tuesday, September 15, 2009

.... but I'm starting to drift out too far.

My daughter using the blow up raft. Enjoying floating along with the current and waves.

She stops and realizes she is starting to drift a way she had not intended to go.

Is that how it is for us at times? All of a sudden, something awakens in us and we realize we're headed in the wrong direction. Drifting whichever way the world takes us. No one starts out rowing deliberately towards (insert area of crazy behavior here) . Sometimes grief, anger, depression, lonliness, life..... turns our boat askew and we find ourselves acting out and thinking things we can't believe are us. How did we get to this point?

Now, totally turned around and over. Now she can see where she's going and head purposefully in that direction. No more drifting aimlessly for her! How about it? Any areas in your life that you need to stick your oars in and get back on course.....?

15 comments:

Jody Hedlund said...

What a set of pictures, Diane! And yes, I agree, we don't purposefully start out drifting away from what is important to us. It usually happens gradually without us even realizing it. I appreciate your message to be aware of it happening!

Terri Tiffany said...

I love the way you showed this. And yes, I have been drifting alot this last year in some areas where I wanted to do my own thing and not hear God's plan. Hoping I am back on course.

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

For some reason reading this post reminded me of reading The Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley. Cute pics. Strong point.
~ Wendy

Diane said...

Jody-God always tries to stop us in time, but usually I am too stubborn to listen.

Terry-When we are ready to do it His way, He sets us right back on course. Awesome!

Wendy-Have not heard of this book. Thanks!

Teri said...

Lovely post! Too often we all start drifting in directions that are not on the course we intend to pursue. A very good reminder that we need to be looking in the direction that we are intending, otherwise we veer completely off course.

Keli Gwyn said...

Diane, I love how you lead us to ponder new topics. This is a great example. Love how you used the pictures to further the story.

I drifted for a year of my writing journey and have recently found my direction again. Sure feels good when we're on course, doesn't it?

Have you drifted lately?

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

Oh...this post speaks volumes to me! For the past month, it has been pretty hard to stay on course and I have been feeling like I'm floating in every direction but the right one. I finally stopped fighting and amazingly, started getting back on course. Divine intervention for sure!

Diane said...

Teri-I don't think I purposely veer, but it just seems to be easier to flow with the current than upset the stream.

Keli-I am finally on course with my writing. That is encouraging. There are family situations that I feel like I've been in a whirlpool for years now. :O)

Alicia-As the saying goes "Let go and let God" always does seem to work miracuosly!

Elizabeth Bradley said...

Right now! I'm supposed to be editing and here I am reading your blog. Uh-oh. Better get back to work. By the way, your daughter's a doll and using the pictures of her on the raft was a clever way to make a point.

Jeanette Levellie said...

How creative you are! I love the photos of your daughter on her raft.
I have been drifting to eating sweets when I need to ask the Holy Spirit to help me. I use food too much for comfort and encouragement, rather than seeking the Lord.
There, I said it.

Diane said...

Elizabeth- Glad I was able to provide you some down time enjoyment. :O)

Jeanette-Thank you for your confession..... I'll join with you and admit I do too.... :O)

Stephanie Faris said...

And sometimes it may seem like it will take you forever to get going back in the right direction...but all you can do is start paddling and hope you get there soon.

CMOM Productions said...

Unfortunately I find myself drifting more often than I should be. Most likley because I take on too many activities!

Diane said...

Stephanie-Uhhhhh yeah. Learning that the hard way.

CMOM-It is hard to stay focused for me at times too. Keep putting one foot in front of the other. :O)

Chelle Sandell said...

I'm finding myself distracted and drifting lately. LOL. Great post! I have so much going on and my brain is in overload mode. :)

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