I am the worst at distractions. Or at least I feel that I am. I can have every good intention of getting something done, and then remember I still have a season left of Doctor Who that needs watching.
Now more than ever our society, our culture, has more excuses for distraction than any other generation. Distractions have a way into our lives that they didn’t before. I fear that we allow them to waltz right in and continue to off-set us. They quickly take our time and attention away from things that matter. Suddenly we turn around and we’re miles into the forest, off the trail, and completely lost.
I have been dwelling in Psalm 119 lately and find over and over again the psalmist is confronted with distractions, with attacks and battles. While we cannot control what others do to us, we can control how we choose to react, if we choose to react and whether our time gets devoted to dwelling on it or not. The theme that I am finding in response to the attacks, and distractions, is digging deeper into God’s Word.
When we are confronted with the option of the distraction, do you give into it or focus intently on the Lord? Verse 161 says that though they persecute him, he will stand in awe of God’s word. Do you stand? Is it in awe of Him? Or is it in prideful resistance?
More and more I am finding when the distractions come, and they come often, they give me pause to return to God’s Word. They remind me that I am His child and my foundation is found in Him, not someone or something else. View your distractions, those times of attacks perceived or real, to be reminders to go before God instead of to the source of the distraction. It will keep you out of the forest and on the path God has set for you.