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Avoid the Drift
January 25, 2017

The Russian cruise ship Lyubov Orlova was launched in 1976  with the express purpose of exploiting the lucrative Antarctic and Alaskan cruise market, which it did quite successfully… for a while, anyway.[1]  When it lost its usefulness and its harbor fees went unpaid in Newfoundland a salvage contractor paid the $250,000 owed.  Two years later a Caribbean company bought it and hired Transport Canada to tow the now disgraced cruise ship to their scrapyard in the Dominican Republic.  On the way south in the Atlantic, the towline broke and the ship drifted away.  The towing barge lost contact and Transport Canada was unwilling to spend the money to search for it.  The abandoned ship showed up several times on satellite but eventually disappeared. 

Like the ship, our natural tendency is to break away from God and drift away to pursue our own interests, dreams, purposes and plans.  Drift can happen without us being aware anything is wrong.  It might be something negative that offends us, an unexpected success, a romance that went south, a missed opportunity, a severe illness, etc. 

The Prayer of Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect any drift in our lives and God’s presence that draws us back.  It is a decision to allow the Holy Spirit to search our hearts and minds (Psalm 139:23 -24).  While it may take a little practice to go through the steps, it is effective is stopping the drift.

  1. Stop and become aware of God’s presence (Psalm 46:10).
  2. Review the events of the day with gratitude.  Ask God to bring clarity to the events.  Listen for his response.
  3. Pay attention to your emotions, taking note of delights, frustrations, resentment, boredom, disappointment, etc.  Why did you feel what you felt?
  4. Pray over the events of the day. 
  5. Look forward to tomorrow and commit your plans to the Lord (Psalm 37:5; Proverbs 16:3).
  6. Journal highlights, so you may refer back to the lessons God is showing you.

[1] https://worldshipwrecks.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/mv-lyubov-orlova-ghost-ship/


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