I didn’t intend it, nor did I know it was happening. Slowly, the top of my foot was rubbing against the inside of my new shoe.
We were out for a walk in the beautiful Silver Falls State Park. The trail runs a breathtaking 9 mile loop through dense, old growth timber, and along the route are 10 of the most remarkable waterfalls you’ll ever see. It wasn’t until I got home, took my shoes off, and propped my old peds up on the coffee table that I discovered the blister on my toe.
I drained it, loosely bandaged it, and then prepared myself mentally to have to pop it again in the morning. It wouldn’t hurt much, but it would be sore for a few days.
A blister occurs when your skin gently, but consistently, rubs against something, causing the layers of skin to separate and fill with fluid. The friction is both unintentional and often unnoticed until it’s too late to prevent it.
The second chapter of Hebrews begins with a warning. Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away (Hebrews 2:1). Spiritual drift is a very real threat to the life of every Christian; before long, we can spiritually drift far from where we ought to be – or need to be.
Drift is like a man fishing from a boat, who fails to notice that he’s adrift from where he needs to be. He simply goes with the flow and soon finds himself shipwrecked upon some rocks or headed over a waterfall. Spiritual drift may not lead to eternal death, but it will lead to spiritual dearth (1 Timothy 1:19).
Many things may contribute to the unawareness of spiritual drift from truth: laziness in spiritual disciplines, failure to submit to careful Bible teaching, familiarity which breeds unconcern, self-righteousness which is the evidence of pride.
The answer is to know, follow, and strongly tether ourselves to the things we have heard in the Word of God. God’s Word always leads in only one direction when properly taught and studied: toward Jesus. He is a soft cushion, protecting the tender spirit from blistering friction and a steadfast an Anchor for the soul from spiritual drift (Hebrews 6:19).