“For this reason we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it” (Heb. 2:1).
It was the year of 1960 when James Honeycutt decided to take his neighbor’s two children, Roger and Deanne Woodard, on a fishing expedition. They put their 12′ boat into a channel that flowed into the Niagara River and climbed aboard. James anchored the boat and began the task of readying their fishing tackle. Too late, Honecutt realized that their boat had drifted into the fast moving waters that emptied into the river. As the boat entered the main river they encountered violent waves that caused all three to be thrown into the water. Young Roger recalls seeing two men yank his sister to safety as he floated at a fast pace towards the roaring falls. “Why doesn’t anyone see me?” he thought. Too late, he suddenly found himself going over the raging water falls. For a moment he felt as though he was suspended in time, not knowing if he was upside down or downside up. Miraculously, young Roger landed outside the pull of the falls vicious current. A sightseeing boat saw him plunge over the falls and pulled him to safety. James Honeycutt was not so fortunate. The unforgiving power of Niagara Falls claimed his life.
As we draw near to the day our country celebrates, the day we call “Thanksgiving,” it may be that we need to put our busy lives on hold and examine our true relationship with our lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is easy to drift from our once intimate relationship with Him. It is easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and suddenly realize that something is amiss. Our soul is no longer resting beside still waters. We have allowed our mind to become anxious and worried. We love our Lord, but we can no longer say that He is still our first love. We want Him to be, but we have drifted into dangerous waters. It’s not to late to come back to the safety of our Lord’s presence. He longs for us to do that.
This Thanksgiving, we all have much to be thankful for. Before you carve that Turkey, take a moment and let those around the table express something that they are thankful for. It will make it the best Thanksgiving yet. It will keep you from drifting.
Praying that you enjoy a blessed Thanksgiving, Don & Penny Griffin