You may have noticed that I haven’t done a lot of posting lately. The problem is, I have been distracted! Distracted by some good things, and some not so good things. It can be very frustrating at times, but it can also be quite enjoyable. Distractions take your attention away from things that vex you, but they can also take your attention away from things that are important, as well. Perhaps the key is to balance the distractions, so that none of them take your eyes off of Jesus.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28 NIV)
One of the things I have been distracted from is my regular Bible study. The ability to concentrate on God’s Word just hasn’t been there. To a lot of Christians, this is a terrible thing to go through. But, as I see it, it is a season of cleansing. It is kind of like unplugging the toaster to clean the crumbs out. Once the toaster is clean, you plug it back in and it works just like new. God would rather have my heart than my attention, so once in a while I go through a season of dullness. This is when He sharpens me for whatever He has purposed for me. I know it sounds quirky, but I have experienced it many times, so I know that even in my distracted state of mind, God is working in me.
During this distracted state, I have been blessed with people to pray for. It is always a huge blessing to be able to take someone else’s needs to God in prayer. So, there have been several people whom I have been praying for. Also, during my distraction I have spent a lot of time conversing with new friends on Twitter. Though I do not know them, and most likely will never meet them, I really enjoy the conversations; they make me laugh and think.
There will never be a shortage of things in this life to distract us from our daily chores, our work, our family and yes, even our faith in God. I have learned to embrace the distractions, learn from them and let God grow me through them. If you watch the daily news, or read the paper, you will come across things that will break your heart and make you question humanity. Sometimes you will know that your prayers are dull and lifeless before the Lord. And there will be trials and tribulations that seem to draw you away from God. All of these things are part of life.
And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To Him be the power for ever and ever, Amen. (1 Peter 5:10-11 NIV)
God lets us be distracted once in a while, so we can get it out of our system. Then He restores us and focuses our attention where it should be; on Him. Has He allowed you to grow through the distractions in your life? If you have learned to let go of the small stuff, then He certainly has.