Why oh Why oh Why????????? Can’t I F*****O ^^^^^^^^C $$$$$$$$$ S? I have been wrestling with this and it is really taking on new meaning??
Last night as I tried unsuccessfully to sleep, my mind was racing, in every direction, I wanted to pray in the quiet of night, but my mind wasn’t quiet. I was thinking of all the needs abounding,and if I did not write it down, how would I remember what I needed to pray about. It was 3:28 am and as I desperately tried to clear my mind and pray, I had “Annie” songs ( my daughters were in the play over the weekend) playing over and over in my head, not only, “Tomorrow” But, also “NYC” and a little “You’re never fully dressed without a smile”. It was maddening. I then went to asking God outright- Please God take these songs out of my head, but just then I started to picture Candy from the game “Candy Crush”, I know it sounds stupid, but these were all the things that were hindering me from settling my mind to pray and probably from sleep in general.
We are over inundated with distractions, and as I spoke to one of my sister’s in Christ this morning, and I told her about my night, I said to her before I had even thought it through, that Satan uses anything and everything. The more I thought about it I realized that even the most innocent things we think are just our minds, our thoughts, are actually the adversary at work. That’s hard to believe, but it is so evident- Phone calls, text messages, even the light blinking on your phone from across the room, songs, housework, needs, wants, music, games.
I love Christ, and think about him all day, but I am constantly inundated with these daunting distractions. It is so hard to be in this world and not of it. Here are some scriptures pertaining to distractions-
1 Corinthians 10:13- No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
Luke 10:38-42 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 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.” (this one is good for Mothers)
Matthew 6 24-34–“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin.
Genesis 4:7 –If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”
So, what are the right answers to eliminate distraction? PRAY-PRAY -PRAY Ask, God to lighten your load, ask him to clear your mind, to let you focus most importantly on him and what we are working towards, earthly things? Or Heavenly things?
Once, you decide what you will work towards, discipline yourself to be conscious of the things that Satan will use to distract you. And, Put on your Armor that God provides.
Take stock today in what you will set your mind.