Once upon a time there was a woman who was married to a man who loved mornings. Unfortunately for this woman, her morning-loving husband expressed his joy for life in the mornings in a very noisy way. He could not restrain his humming, and his noisy morning sounds carried into the kitchen making breakfast or coffee, sometimes playing with the dogs. This wonderful man with this happy disposition is also a noisy man. Which most of the time isn’t a problem, except when this woman is trying to have quiet time with God and when she’s writing.
While this is written tongue in cheek with my husband sitting beside me being noisy on purpose since he knows I’m trying to concentrate, it’s true. We all have distractions in life, don’t we? Happy distractions and bad distractions. Things that make us stop what we’re doing and pay attention. Or things that take our focus off what we’re doing in order to deal with something else. Sometimes we can push through the distractions. We learn this valuable lesson in the music and theater world… To stay focused even when someone is talking in the audience, or someone walks out of the sanctuary or auditorium in the middle of your piece, or when a baby starts crying.
But what happens when we get distracted from our faith? When the world pushes in on us and we have no time for quiet time with God? No energy because we’ve given it all to our kids, marriage, home, work, friends, gym? No motivation to get alone with God because maybe we haven’t heard from him in a while so what’s the point? I always say, “If you feel like God is far away, guess who moved?”
I woke up this morning with a piece of lyric from Stephen Curtis Chapman’ Glorious Unfolding in my head. “We were made to run in fields of forever, singing songs to our Savior and King.” I don’t think living this American life, as it is now, is exactly what God had planned. This song begins…
Lay your head down tonight
Take a rest from the fight
Don’t try to figure it out
Just listen to what I’m whispering to your heart
‘Cause I know this is not
Anything like you thought
The story of your life was gonna be
And it feels like the end has started closing in on you
But it’s just not true
There’s so much of the story that’s still yet to unfold
“It IS going to be a glorious unfolding!” If we stay focused. If we keep our heads in the game. If we give God the reigns and let Him deal with the distractions in our lives. The good ones and the bad ones. He can. He is able. He will. He does.
I wrote about this song in a couple of earlier posts with completely different perspectives. I write what God places on my heart.
Click here to read Glorious Unfolding.
Click here to read Forever Fields.