During the past week, I’ve been extremely aware of the distractions that come as I take time in prayer with You, Lord. I know it happens all the time, but each day I have purposely set aside quiet time in my backyard to spend alone with You during this past week, I have been more aware of how easily distracted I am. With all my heart, I have started out desiring to simply be still and spend time enjoying Your presence, worshipping You, praising You, thanking You, listening to You, and then bringing people before You. No matter how sincere my intentions were, within the first few minutes, it seemed I caught my mind wandering…to a dead leaf on a plant that needed to be picked off, to a potting bench project that needs to be completed, to a crazy squirrel trying to get in my bird feeder, to my nearby phone that seemed to be calling me even with no ring! How easily I am distracted! I think that’s why I write a lot when praying to You. It helps me stay focused on You!
As soon as I was saddened at the thought of how quickly I am distracted during my special time with You, You showered me with tender love. You reminded me that even though my husband and I truly love one another, that at times we become so accustomed to one another’s voices that we simply do not hear the words the other is saying. We still love one another. We just have to work a little harder at concentrating on the very one we love who is so near. Father, how patient You are with me! How tender is Your beautiful mercy. You understand my prone to wandering. Yet You also appreciate my attempts to come to You with all my heart, mind and soul.
You are so personally involved in our lives that this morning, as I once again sat outside for my alone time with You, I opened my devotion up to read and it “just so happened” to be about “wandering from Your peaceful presence!” You would think after all my years of loving my time with You, I wouldn’t wander. Funny, the distractions seem to happen more often for me when the pathway seems smooth. It’s easier to want all my requests to be heard when there is a huge challenge to overcome. Then You have all my attention! Lord, I’m so glad You know my humanness and are there to help remind me to come back to You as soon as I realize I have wandered. Let me recognize the distractions and turn back to You, the One who loves me anyway! Father, I am so grateful that You are never distracted from me.
“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing but the body is weak.” Matthew 26:41
“She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what He said. But Martha became distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to Him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t You care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’ ‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset by many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’” Luke 10:39-41
Lord, show me what distracts me from Your sweet presence…