Just this morning, I realized I had been distracted around 27 times from writing my blog. Since I have 2 sick kids home, I had to stop to make hot tea, give medicine, get more Kleenex, let the dog out, get coffee, take a phone call, let the dog in, make a phone call, bomb the house with disinfectant, send 3 emails, send 1 text message, chat with a friend on Facebook, put in a load of laundry, call the cable company, and so many more! Just everyday occurrences were taking me away from God this morning. No one meant to take me away from writing, it just happened. The most important part was I allowed it to happen. Some might call me a multi-tasking mom, but I would call me a mom ready for meltdown. When I finished typing that last sentence, I went to my devotional (Jesus Calling by Sarah Young) for the day and it said (I quote), “Let My presence override everything you experience. Like a luminous veil of Light, I hover over you and everything around you. I am training you to stay conscious of Me in each situation you encounter.” Wow! God knows me so well. Yes, those little distractions can take me away from Him, but some of those distractions are important to tend to. The fact that I came back to writing and didn’t put it off any longer is a sign that I am actually remembering God, not excluding Him forever.
Genesis 28:16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.”
Sometimes I become so distracted from God that I cannot see Him anymore. I have done this so many times in my life. I have to say the most embarrassing time that I have done it is in Church. I let my mind wander to my “to do list” instead of concentrating on God’s word. Right there in the middle of church where I am supposed to be worshipping and thanking God, I am moving my mind to what needs to be done that week! I try to pray for God to help me refocus on Him. I try to sing the songs a little louder so that I can hear myself. I try to recite the prayers in church with faithfulness and love. I just cannot help it. My mind takes over and distracts me from what is important: God. You would think Jesus hanging from the crucifix would jolt me back into church mode, but it doesn’t. I allow the distractions to take me away from the most important part of my life: God. It doesn’t just happen in church. I do it all the time. I allow people, things and fear to take me away from God. Distractions can be dangerous. When we place our eyes on distractions and away from God, we are asking for disaster.
Somehow there must be a balance. Like I said, some distractions are important to tend to. My sick kids needed me desperately. They are young and don’t know when to take medication and when their body needs rest. They need me. Their requests might take my mind off God for a minute, but I try to refocus on God when my kids are resting. If I took my mind off God all week while they were sick, then I might be in trouble. You see, in order to get through 7 days (and counting) of sickness with my kids, I needed God’s strength. There is no way I would have been able to get through the days and nights (with no sleep) without God. I was just talking with a good friend of mine last night and she said to me something I have thought about so often. She said, “I cannot stand it when people say God doesn’t give you more than you can handle. It is just wrong. God gives us more than we can handle so we can ask for His help!” That is so true. God does give us loads that are difficult to bear on our own so that we can see we need Him. This week, I have felt that load become heavier and heavier. As I put aside my exercise regime, my work, and basically my life for my sick kids; I realized I needed time for God. I yearned for time with God. If I didn’t have some personal time praying and asking God for help, I never would have gotten through this week. I needed to hear Jacob (in the book of Genesis) awake from his sleep and say “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.” About halfway through my week, I realized this. God is here in my house. He is present in my heart. Because of this, I can deal with this insurmountable illness. If He wasn’t here, I would be one crazy, tired mom (with more than an aching back to complain about). Okay, so I am a little tired, but it is doable.
Distractions can be hard to decipher. If you think about how God can be involved in the distractions, it might be helpful. I could see that my phone calls, Facebook chatter and some of the other distractions could cause me to look for help in the wrong areas. God was where I needed to seek my strength. God was where (thankfully) I did seek my strength this week.
What is distracting you from God today?