Devotional: Facing Distractions
Facing-Distractions

Starbucks.

Plush chair.

Laptop on and ready to go.

For the first time in two months, I’m actually releasing imprisoned thoughts onto digital paper. There is something about an amazing release of writing that provides more than just the Band-Aid to hidden emotions. I liken it to a mantra smack dab in the middle of a climatic lesson.

For me, this lesson was distraction. Lately, I have been unfocused, tremendously. However, God used this season to assist me get out of the driver’s seat.

1 Corinthians 7:35 “I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible.”

Facebook, Twitter, texting all are technological distractions, but what about people? Oh, these are the biggest distractions around! My walk with Christ is constantly growing each day, however, the enemy is not down with God’s game plan. It isn’t the present he is worried about; it is the future. Why not throw folks you haven’t heard from in years in the mix? Or how about an interrupted study session by a phone call? Let me ruin your workday by shaking up things with your supervisor! Yeah, the enemy was brutal to me with this type of distraction. Until I got out of the driver’s seat, I was letting distractions get the best of me. Not. Cute. At. All.

Matthew 14:28 Peter answered him, “Lord, if it’s you, order me to come to you on the water.” Jesus said, “Come on!”

My faith was tested greatly during this season of distraction. I found myself worrying and doubting. Worrying was basically calling God a liar and that is FAR from the truth! He wants what is best for us. Where my faith lacked, God came in and lifted me up onto his shoulders. There were some days where I was like, “How ON EARTH did I make it through THAT?!” I learned quickly to stop questioning God and start walking fully in faith.

Ephesians 6:11 “Clothe yourselves with the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”

I had to literally fall on my face, forgive myself, and seek God with everything I had so I could be led in the right distraction. This was a difficult season for me because I felt God was so far from me. However, it wasn’t Him that moved. Those phone calls, text messages, worrying about picking up extra hours…that was all separating me from my relationship with God. The best thing about all of this was He was waiting for me with open arms, ready to shower me in love and understanding.

Additionally, I had to reapply the Word to my life. Every little pocket of time I had was spent in the Word. Rather it was ten minutes or 45; spending time with God was the way to re-up on spiritual fuel. This was a great reminder and lesson for me to stop, reassess, and reapply God’s Word to my life so I can remain focused on His will for me. Will I find myself in the driver’s seat again? No doubt about it, but I will be ready for God to take lead and light the way.

I've been writing since I was seven. Yep, seven. I love it. It's a passion of mine and it comes to me like second nature. I write poetry and fiction. I would love to explore Christian fiction, touching hearts all over the world. God gave me this gift and I plan to use it.

 

I am in college for nursing, however I plan to fulfill my  lifetime duty of not only pleasing God through caring for others but also by blessings those who can relate to my testimony. I'm not in it for followers or fame. I just want to do what I love while pleasing God at the same time!!!