I woke up and almost immediately, it was like my mind wanted to dwell on some things that frustrate me about myself…
It was like I thought for a moment, that if I dwelled on this thing, if I took this little trail, and if I ran it through my head a few times, I’d somehow be better off, as if it would really “get me somewhere”…
I became so distracted, that instead of going right to my Heavenly Father first thing, I sat instead and dwelled on all the ways I wanted to fix “this or that” about myself. “How I need to do this, how I need to do that…”
I felt such an annoying pull that wanted me to go against where I knew I needed to go this morning.
Distraction was attempting to keep me from seeking my Heavenly Father’s heart, from simply dwelling with Him.
If a “distraction” were to be something tangible in and of itself, I picture it being some kind of a “really sticky thing”… kind of like a piece of bubble gum that I’ve stepped on as I’m trying to get somewhere important.
When I realized this, and I felt this annoying “stickiness” pulling me toward dwelling on these other things, I asked the Lord,
“Lord, will You help me? I’m so distracted this morning…How do I push past a distraction?”
I realized in that moment, and remembered that the Holy Spirit helps us to be aware of these kinds of things, that we may realize when there is a distraction in our way.
“Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions.” —Proverbs 4:25 MSG
But He also showed me that when I realize I’m dealing with a distraction, it is up to me to decide whether or not I give into it —He has given me the will and the control over my own mind. He has given me the ability to decide to set my mind on Him, so that I can decide to keep my eyes straight ahead.
“For God will never give you the spirit of fear, but the Holy Spirit who gives you mighty power, love, and self-control.” —2 Timothy 1:7 TPT
“Say ‘no’ to distraction so you can say ‘yes’ to your destiny.” —Thema Davis
“Have you not brought this upon yourself by forsaking the Lord your God, when he led you in the way?” —Jeremiah 2:17
“Be aware when distractions come your way. You’ll know it’s a distraction when you stop doing what you’re supposed to be doing and find yourself pondering things that have no value.” —Beverly R. Imes
“But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” —Luke 10:41-12
“Starve your distractions, feed your focus.” —Anonymous
“And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.” —Romans 13:11-14
Lord, thank You for leading me with Your Holy Spirit—always revealing and showing me what I need to be made aware of, guiding my steps, that I might take heed, and not be distracted and pulled off the path. You’re so good, and so faithful to show us what we need to be aware of, and You remind us of what You’ve already placed within us, because of the One who lives within us. Thank You, Lord. ☀️