I imagined myself standing just inside the ocean water, waves crashing in and out and feeling the sand shift from beneath my feet. Yeah, you know that feeling.

As I was doing an online Bible study this morning I heard Debbie Eaton say, “small things build up and erode us”. She was referencing sin and how it’s not the big things, but the little things adding up over a period of time that affects our faith and our relationship with God.

Being a lover of words and the dictionary, I looked up the word erosion and here is what I found: erosion is the process by which the surface is worn away by the actions of water, glaciers, winds, and waves.

Not only does erosion occur in our eco-system it also occurs in our spiritual life as well.

We say a harsh word to our mate, we are impatient with our children, we hurriedly pass by the friend who desperately needs an ear and some words of encouragement. We get angry and impatient with the driver in front of us or the person at the drive-thru window. We hang on to that grudge we’ve been holding far too long.  We get busy and before you know it several days have passed by and we haven’t picked up our Bibles or whispered even the smallest of prayers. And little by little, layer by layer our faith is eroding away. Our hope is fading. The Peace that passes all understanding is nowhere to be found. The surface is worn away by actions and the heart is exposed, and we are left vulnerable. Spiritual erosion.

I don’t like it when the sand shifts beneath me. I don’t like it when I allow the winds, the waves and the storms of life to sink me. I don’t like it when I allow the little things to pile up and separate me from a loving, compassionate, forgiving Heavenly Father. I don’t like the way “spiritual erosion” looks on me.

We have to be intentional in protecting ourselves from “spiritual erosion”. We have to be intentional in daily reading our Bibles and in our prayer life. We have to be intentional to confess the small things before we have a pile so high we can’t find our way around it. We have to be intentional in pursuing the God who pursues us, and daily plugging into the only Power source that can protect us from “spiritual erosion”.

Thank you, Father that Your faithful love never ends! Thank You that Your mercies never cease!

Graced by God

Tammy Mashburn

“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT