You know the song:
Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream.
Such a fun little song reminding us of our childhood. The visual to me is a small aluminum boat with two people singing, each with an oar, just casually rowing their boat down the stream, directing it in the path it should go.
Did you know the writer of Hebrews references this song? (Well… sort of :))
Hebrews 2:1 says, “we must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.” I was reading this passage and had made a note in my Bible some time back – “row your boat – if you don’t keep rowing, you will drift away.”
I’m sure you’ve all been on a small row boat with no anchor. Maybe you stopped to fish and your boat wouldn’t stay still. It kept drifting away with the wind. You had to pay attention to where you were because if you didn’t, before you knew it your boat had drifted far away from its original location.
That is a metaphor to describe exactly how our life can be. If we don’t pay careful attention to the devil’s antics and be on guard at all times, we can drift away from God. The oars that keep us rowing in the right direction are prayer, studying the Bible, gathering together for fellowship, showing love and compassion to one another and always clinging on to God for direction in all things.
I encourage you today to look at yourself as the boat, the devil as the wind that wants to drift you away from Jesus and the oars as your salvation in Christ. It’s a tough world but when we pay careful attention to the One who’s in charge of it all, we can stay strong against the wind as we row, row, row our boat!
Happy rowing ya’ll!