“Lord, Please help me! I am feeling so distracted.”
If you were to look I my journal over the last few months that simple prayer is exactly what is repeated dozens of times! But Monday night I was left holding a lot of wasted time and nothing else. I spent an entire afternoon looking for something that I didn’t really need. and what hit me right square in the face was that I had let this simple thing distract me…from a good deal, Let me Explain…
Eyes Wide open to Distraction: My Play Notebook
Back in April or May, I began to frantically write- write like I haven’t done in over a year. I was working on our churches Christmas play I had decided to write. That book never left my side for nearly 3 months and then I took my infamous writing trip. You know the one that I got pneumonia and hubby had to come and get me early because I was sooooo stinking sick!!! Well I know I had it with me there BUT when I came home, I’m not the one who emptied the truck and I honestly don’t remember putting my stuff away (I’m the only one who would in the case of my personal writing stuff). So it has been unaccounted for since the end of July.
I didn’t take it back with us in August because I knew that I would have no time because a large chunk of that time was spent hanging out with friends and family. We came back home and two of our kiddos jumped right into school the next day. Then the other two and we won’t even go into the drama that ensued with that experience.
We have finally set into a routine and I have a plan to accomplish the play and some other things. I could have sworn I put it in my craft room- but it is GONE. Thankfully as I have written the play I have sent pictures of the written play to my stage manager by text. So Monday I printed them out. Monday afternoon I put them in my writing notebook and I was all ready to sit down and blog HOWEVER about 1 o’clock something in my brain switched and I went on a massive hunt throughout our whole house seeking out this notebook…..THAT I ALREADY HAD ALL THE INFO OUT OF! I had to stop searching to make dinner and I was grumpy. After dinner I sat down here and my desk and I flipped through my devotional book I have been working on (I was behind in) and my fingers HIT the lone page flag sticking out of the side and I knew exactly what the page flag said “DISTRACTED”. and I knew EXACTLY what verse was on that page
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your Soul, and with all your might.
BAM!! I prayed right then and there and asked God to help me yet again to fight the distraction I was getting caught up in. BUT don’t think for a moment that some silly notebook has been all that has been distracting me.
A Million and One Distractions
NO, I am NOT going to list them all here. But for each one of us, distractions can look completely different. From one moment to the next it can look different for me.
Let’s start with defining what it actually means to be distracted!
Combatting the distractions: How do we love the Lord with everything we’ve Got?
BUT I’m not you and You Aren’t Me (not the same distractions)
I mean seriously, like I had to say that (Sorry I am the master of the obvious sometimes). But in all seriousness, we often think well, that worked for her so I am going to adapt it for myself. Then we get frustrated when it doesn’t work. the problem with that is your struggles with distraction might be different than mine, or they might appear the same on the outside but the reality is the root of the distraction is VERY different. So then what?
Well, we need to begin somewhere and that somewhere happens to be at the feet of Jesus. We need to be willing to do the hard heart work with Him. We need to let him show us where to start and how to change our focus.
Are you willing to start there?
So about that Missing play notebook?
It was serving as a distraction. I was distracted by a silly notebook that I had ALL the info out of.
The long and the short of it is this: It didn’t matter. Most things that distract us, don’t matter. There are big things that keep us distracted too. But at this point, I had to let the notebook go. And I have. And ya know what- it was freeing and I have been far more focused on the things I am supposed to be focused on. I still get twinges of angst over not knowing where it is. and I just keep giving it to God. I have all the important stuff out of it.
I have let it go. I’m not holding onto it.
What are you holding onto? It’s time to let it go.
NOW it’s your turn
What is your biggest distraction? Let me know in the comments!
Have a blessed day