Distractions. They occur most days. Here at the Whitaker house we see them a lot. Distractions seem to creep up particularly when the kids are asked to do something, like clean up their rooms or go to bed. They are easily taken off task by that toy they haven’t seen in awhile or really anything that could possibly help to stall bedtime. However, children aren’t the only ones that fall victim to distractions. At your workplace, other co-workers or even the internet can get your attention and get you off track. I know here at home, I can be putting something away and in the process notice something else that is out of place, which leads me to yet a different room. All the while, I have lost sight of what the original task even was. Distractions in and of themselves are not necessarily bad. At times, we all need to have diversions from the “regular” day to day stuff. The problem arises when we become focused solely on our circumstances and nothing else. This can easily lead to a downward spiral of feeling simply down and defeated. That has been me the past several days, which would explain the lack of blog posts. I have had some issues arise in my life that have taken my focus off where God is leading me. How can I say that I trust God if I am looking at the circumstances that I am currently in instead of keeping my eyes on Him? This is not to say that you and I shouldn’t be proactive in our own lives. God created us to “do.” We just need to make certain that our eyes are on Him and prayerfully doing what He would have us do.
A good example of this in the Bible is the story of Mary and, her sister, Martha.
“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the word by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42).
Both women had a choice to make on how they would spend their time. Mary, having a heart for God, knew she needed to set everything else aside in order to focus wholly on the Lord. Martha was distracted by hosting Jesus, instead of being with Jesus. This is a choice that you and I have to make as well. We can only be preoccupied with one thing. Is it going to be our circumstances or our Savior?
So many times in our lives, Satan doesn’t need to attack us, all he needs to do is distract us. We become so focused on our circumstances that we lose sight of God and His plan and purpose for our life. Satan can’t take our salvation from us, but he can make certain that we are not effective at furthering God’s kingdom.