Row, Row, Row Your Boat
by Randy Chambers, 2015-04-11
Revelation 2:4-5, NASB: “But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent.”
It sure seems peaceful in our little boats. We put out into the calm waters, breath in the fresh air, and relax to the sounds of tiny waves lapping against the boat sides. The tree filled shoreline is a beautiful sight. We feel at peace. Days go by…then weeks. The shoreline gets further away and eventually difficult to see. Eventually we wake up one day and find ourselves unsure of where we are, or how we got there. We look at the unused, virtually forgotten oars lying in the bottom of the boat, and reality sets in—we’ve slowly drifted from our home; from our safe harbor; from our secure familiarity. It’s kind of like that. Our Christian journey often begins near the safe harbor of God’s presence. It is peaceful, pleasant, and comforting. Somewhere along the way, our Bible we once read daily gets put to the side where it becomes like the unused oars in the boat. We drift until we lose sight of where we were with God; unsure of how we got where we are. Looking around we notice the waves of life have gotten bigger. The storms seem more threatening. And then we see it--our dust covered Bible tucked away in some neglected cranny. It’s then we must realize it’s time to ask God to help us get back from where we have drifted. It’s time to “remember from where [we] have fallen.” It’s time to retrieve the Bible from the darkened cranny. It’s time to pick up the oars and start rowing.