Devotionals, Five Minute Friday

No Longer a Castaway

A story of a young man at sea takes us to a lonely place of grey skies and darkened waves.

He feels adrift, never knowing where he is going. The compass steers the crew, but his heart looks elsewhere.

Longing for home and a place to rest his weary head, he can barely imagine a day without a fretful spirit. God is there, but sometimes feels distant and uninterested. Purpose is almost fleeting and a dive into the abyss seems more up to speed for the lonely man whose compass just doesn’t point home.

Will this be the day that rescue will come?

Often a castaway lost in the life you never longed for, you search for a way out.

Longing to be a sojourner on a mission, instead you find yourself drifting on the sea of restlessness. You stretch for something to pull you in, a purpose, but it seems to skim past your reach. The waves of disappointment drag you back under the tide.

You’re not meant to live lost and without hope. God never gave anyone the mission of feckless behavior. Drifters cause havoc where ever they roam. Sojourners strive for mission and hope. Castaways are torn in the middle and need a strong reminder of truth and grounding in God’s Word.

Matthew 6:33 ESV

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

You reach far and wide, when the kingdom and the Lord are right at hand. They are always in reach. You are never too far gone. He may seem distant at times, but that’s when He is really calling out for you to draw near and to rest in the truth that He holds.

Psalm 9:9-10 ESV

The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.

He never forsakes you even when you feel so lost. When you are hurting and can feel that life’s purpose is over, hold tighter, because He is right there holding on to you.

Rescue is at hand, set into motion in the garden. You feel lost at sea, but you are drifting in our own self-doubt. His hand is outstretched and waiting for you to grab hold. Do not be a castaway any longer.

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10 thoughts on “No Longer a Castaway

  1. Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you. This is a verse we all need to live by. The lord is so good!

  2. I love your writing!! As a somewhat newly retired teacher, I am used to being super busy. Sometimes I am busy, but it is only parts of days, and I have much more time to do whatever I want or need to do. That is when I began my faith blog, and started selling my crochet patterns. Sometimes, however, I still wonder if I am doing what God wants me to do, and I often feel like I am spinning my wheels. Your words were meant for me. Thank you!

  3. I think we all probably feel this way from time to time. We are all coming and going in and out of seasons and some of those seasons are dry. I’m so thankful He reaches out for me when I feel like a castaway with little or no direction.

  4. Praise the Lord for His faithfulness to us even when we have been wandering!! I definitely went through a period of wandering and I am so amazingly grateful that Jesus pursued me. I was the one He left the 99 for. He brought me close and grace did abound!!! This was a reminder to my heart, how very grateful I am for His grace!!! #faithandfriends linkup

  5. I will hold to this my cause
    whether God is here or not;
    I obey the Spartan laws;
    honour bright is what I’ve got.
    I hope He’s watching from on high,
    and hope that rescue is at hand,
    for in the abyss, as death draws nigh,
    I gaze upon a fearsome land.
    My faithful sword, quickly drawn
    will not, cannot, see it sheath
    until its edge is laid upon
    those whose fate I may bequeath.
    Blood for steel I can afford,
    but not to disappoint you, Lord.

    #1 at FMF this week.

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