How would you feel if your dentist were distracted by texting and forgot to numb you before beginning the root canal? Or what if the guy you carpool with to work was distracted by the tailgating-driver behind and didn’t see the stop sign or the school bus up ahead?
Distractions can be painful and deadly. They are like weeds growing up all around us that choke the flowers, those things in our lives we’re supposed to be caring for, and they diminish our focus; sometimes to the point where we forget God.
Weeds like to stand big and tall, so we’ll take notice and believe they’re important. But they’re not. Not really. (That text really can wait until you pull the car over. And the unanswered phone call isn’t going to make your cell phone disintegrate.)
It’s easy to get caught up in all the things you need to get done, to drag your panic attacks along with you as you breathlessly rush out the door to the next thing on your to-do list or to pat yourself on the back because your calendar has no bare spots. But is all that hurrying and busyness a distraction in disguise?
What you believe you need to do may be the very things keeping you from what God wants you to do. You need to yank that big weed if it’s choking out the new growth God is bringing into your life.
Need an example?
I have a ton of work to do around the house and even more weeds, the literal kind, than I can count; a whole field of them! I feel like they’ve been taunting me and beating up on my sad little tulips and poking fun at my purple phlox. But then I had an opportunity this week to volunteer at a food pantry. I could have thought, “I can’t go anywhere. I’ve got all this work to do, all these weeds to pull,” but instead I turned away from those busy distractions and focused on what I believe God wanted me to.
And let me just tell you, I have never known such a deep blessing in my soul. I went to bed that night thinking, “Today was one of the best days of my life.” That’s the kind of life God has for us when we fix our eyes on Him.
So what distractions are keeping you from God’s blessing? Look around. Do you see any “weeds?” Anything that “seems” important but really in the overall panoramic view of your life doesn’t amount to a pile of dirt?
Give those weeds a good pull, those that are keeping you from God and His purpose for your life, and you’ll be able to see what was quietly waiting underneath all that other stuff is so much better.
“And the seed [the Word of God] that fell in the weeds- well, these are the ones who hear, but then the seed is crowded out and nothing comes of it as they go about their lives worrying about tomorrow, making money, and having fun.” (Luke 8:14 The Message.)