Okay so, quite a few things have been going on in my life to distract me from what God is asking me to do. From what I can tell, it’s going around…
My beautiful Momma fell on Christmas day. She was on the floor for many hours before we were able to get to her. Nothing broken, but she is in rehab due to being on the floor for such a long time. Naturally I have to go see her a lot.
And then there’s my husband’s father. Long story, and I mean loooong, it’s becoming apparent that it may be time to put him into a secure facility. Two sides of the family, craziness all around. And it feels like we are in the middle of the steps and the kids… that’s a really hard place to be when you are a people-pleaser like me… how can we possibly please everyone? The answer, probably you can’t.
And the list goes on and on from car problems to kid job and school issues. Distractions one and all. So here’s what I’ve been learning about distractions – “The enemy sends fiery javelins into your life to distract you”. Priscilla Shirer #ArmorOfGodStudy.
3. mental distress or derangement:That child will drive me to distraction.
4. that which distracts, divides the attention, or prevents concentration:The distractions of the city interfere with my studies.
5. that which amuses, entertains, or diverts; amusement; entertainment:Fishing is his major distraction.
6. division or disorder caused by dissension; tumult.
I particularly love #3: mental stress or derangement. If the devil can make you deranged, he can stop you in your tracks. He can make you mental and you can’t make a good decision to save your life. How can we possibly do what God has ordained us to do if we are stopped cold.
But we are promised not a spirit of fear, but of power, of love and a sound mind in 2 Timothy.
Facebook and television and a whole host of things come to mind when we start to dissect the fifth definition. We let things we like to do get in the way of things we should do. I am the worst time manager, and I’m sure a lot of us have that issue. That and prioritizing. One thing that was pointed out to me from the Spirit is that what God has for you to do is your life’s work. Your Life’s work. That’s HUGE! And we or I should make that biggest priority in our life. God first (including God’s work), Family second and everything else last. This brings to mind Lysa TerKuerst’s book, “The Best Yes”.
So naturally God led me to a couple of verses:
And what I noticed is that when we trust in the Lord, when we let him lead us, even when the distractions come and life happens, we never cease to yield or bear fruit.
I think this is a lesson God has been teaching me over the last few months. I stop doing His work and start chasing after solutions to the problem. I can fix it myself. I can call a friend and they can pray, I’m too busy. Let’s call my smart friend and ask advice. Never once in there going to god first and asking Him for wisdom. Never once going forward in my “life’s work” for Him because I was distracted.
I’m such a slow learner. Thank God He is patient and leads me where He wants me in spite of myself. So this is something I’m deciding to do intentionally. I will be intentional is what he has shown me to do – no matter the circumstances, no matter the time-table. After all it’s His timing that is perfect and His job to give me guidance and wisdom in the distractions.
I hope this gives you some food for thought – have you stopped in your tracks like I do? Have you been distracted by something maybe good or fun and not spent the time doing your own life’s work? Be intentional today and let god help you through the rough patches and into your own destiny!