A Distracting Itch

Autumn

Have you ever been so eager to do something or desperate for change that you feel antsy, even itchy in your own skin?  It’s enough to drive you crazy.

Or enough to distract you.

Distract you from what?

Well if God has called you to do something but you’ve been pulled away by the “itch,” then perhaps you’re distracted from God and His will for your life.

Let me give you an example:

Like so many bloggers out there, I’ve written a book.  Correction: God and I have written a book.  It’s in the final revision process and it’s not going to go anywhere until I submit it, which I can’t do until it’s ready.  So I need to get to work.

Along comes fall, an extremely antsy time of year for me, and I’m ready to start something new and I want it to be big.  I’m ready to start a business, ready to find a job, ready to have an income to help my husband who’s been carrying the load for far too long.

So I look online at jobs and inquire about an opening I stumbled on while out running errands. I go to the library and search for hours for the right “business.”  I research online sales, craft, and baking ideas.

Why?  Because the itch to “do” is constant and won’t go away.

Meanwhile, the book lies dormant within my laptop.

And God is waiting on me.

I have a choice to make.  I can either abandon the task God has given me for a quick fix or I can go the long haul and finish what He and I have started.  Perhaps a blessing will come from the finished book.  Or perhaps the blessing will simply come from obeying Him.  Either way, I have to ignore that antsy feeling, forget about going my own way, and finish the book.

Satan would love it if you and I would never finish our God-given tasks because we’re too focused on the itch of our flesh.  The enemy will use whatever he can to distract us and lead us astray (read The Monster in the Closet ).  Remember, he’s at the head of the line when it comes to rebelling against God.

Are you feeling antsy, impatient in your spirt because the task God has given you is taking way too long?  Is your flesh itching to do something else and you’re not sure what to do about it?

Friend, pray about those antsy feelings and hold on tight to God’s hand.

It would be a real shame for you to let go of Him now just to scratch that annoying itch.  You may just miss what you’ve been praying for.

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16 NASB.)

8 thoughts on “A Distracting Itch

    1. Thank you, Christena!! Your comment blesses me more than you know. Yes, all in His timing. (How funny, I’ve been praying and asking where to submit it for a LONG time and I believe He JUST…not even five minutes ago…gave me clear direction. I’ve been waiting on His timing for that decision and I believe I just received it!) God is SO good! And as always, thank you for reading, Christena!! God bless you. 🙂

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  1. This is so good! I always have the “itch” to do, I’m your typical over-achiever and for years found my identity in what I did, not in who I am in Christ. I’m consistently being reminded that I need to rest but struggle to do so because it feels like I’m not doing enough. But lately God’s been showing me just how good and generous and benevolent he is. It’s truly amazing how freeing it is to give those “itches” over to him. Thank you for sharing!!

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    1. Bless your heart, Sarah. I understand!! And I’m sure we’re not the only ones who struggle understanding our identity is in Christ and not in all the “doing.” God is still working on me with that. 😉 And you’re so right…it’s freeing to hand all of those “itches” over to God. I would probably drive myself (and everyone around me) crazy if I didn’t. God bless you and thank YOU for reading and commenting. 🙂

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    1. Oh my dear Sister, that’s my prayer!!! You know, it’s already changed mine. I learned more about Him through the struggles of the main character. Amazing to see God work through my own fingertips and bring me to tears…doesn’t He do that when we write?! He’s so amazing!! Thanks for reading and commenting, Efua. God bless you always. 🙂

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  2. We all have that itch. We just have to have the patience. Which I ask for every day… And I LOVE taking care of my family, so the load as you call it , isn’t that heavy.. Love you Momma.

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    1. I know you’ve been asking for patience. 🙂 And I’m thankful the load isn’t too heavy…your family sure appreciates you carrying it though. I love you too, very much.

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