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Feel Distracted


I woke up this morning a bit distracted. It’s the kind of distraction that steals joy, peace, and energy. It’s a little disturbing because that isn’t what you want to start your day with. It starts gradually like some form of anxiety and anger about a situation that didn’t go the way I expected and so I decided to speak to the Lord about it. Amid prayer, I realized I needed more time with the Lord, so I worshipped and lingered a little more in prayer. I later turned to reading the scriptures.

 

I realized that many times the distractions that come are pointers to draw us to lean more unto our God. Sometimes we are doing all the right things but outwardly it doesn’t look like we are winning and that causes crankiness and unhappiness – but these are signals for us not to rest on our physical selves but to lean more unto our Lord who is our strength. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV) says, “Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

 

In this verse, Paul, speaking to the Corinthians church recognizes situations that might make them lose heart and probably even faint. Situations like, bad news, mountains that won’t move, unanswered prayer, sometimes we are even hard-pressed on every side; but he said “We do not lose heart” Yes, these situations might be discouraging and can cause us to lose heart, but he reiterated that “we do not lose heart” because as we lean unto God by trusting in His unfailing love “we are renewed day by day.”

 

So, what I did as I walked out of my room was to be focused on God and not on the distractions. I felt energized and at peace. I learned that these distractions will always come since I’m still living in this flesh but I need to learn how to redirect my energy, so it doesn’t get in the way of my joy in the Lord. Remembering that our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs all the troubles we are going through. So, what I finally did is to fix my eyes on what is unseen, that is move my focus off my distractions and fix my eyes on the Lord. I do that by focusing on His goodness, His kindness, His mercies, love, and care for me (Philippians 4:8). I ended up accomplishing more for the day and working on all my day assignments. How amazing our God is and how true His word is, that He is our very present help in times of need (Psalm 46:1).

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