Once upon a time, there was a tree.
One of the branches became diseased, withered, and ultimately it broke off. Months later, a torrential downpour caused a flash flood, instantly sweeping the branch away.
Drifting happens suddenly, but it doesn’t. This is true of wood, but it’s also true of faith.
The Apostle Peter was swept away in a flash flood of social pressure, but this sudden, sweeping disaster happened slowly.
Before he cursed his Lord (Matt. 26:74), he merely swore on oath he didn't know Him (26:72); before swearing, he merely feigned ignorance (26:70); before that, he distanced himself (26:58); he skipped his nighttime prayers (26:40-41, 43, 45); and before that… he boasted:
“Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you” (26:35).
Pride is the disease that slowly withers our faith and leads to sudden disaster.
If you want to prevent disaster, don't watch out for the flood. Watch out for withered leaves. Withered leaves are those prayer times cut short, that secret you can't tell, that money you hold on to, that fellowship you're not prioritizing.
Do you have any withered leaves in your life right now?
Living branches don’t become driftwood. Every day and every moment, find your joy in friendship with the One who died on a tree for you.
He’ll keep you from slowly drifting into sudden disaster. He'll help you grow to greater heights.