It is so easy for me to get distracted. I start cleaning my living room and go to the kitchen to get something and before you know it, I start cleaning the kitchen, forgetting about the living room. I go on the internet to google great colors to paint your kitchen and also begin to look up colors for the closet. There are times where I am “accidentally” distracted. However, most of the time I am actively looking for a distraction in attempts to avoid something that needs to be addressed.
The other morning I was exhausted and desperately needed to clean my house but I was LOOKING for something to distract me. I didn’t want to think, I didn’t want to move. Then it happened. I heard the Holy Spirit whisper ever so gently inviting me be distracted by Him. Now there is a thought for you! What if in my moments of fatigue, desperation, and despair I run to the Lord to distract me? This is certainly not a novel idea. The Lord has already made this invitation to all of us in Mathew 11:28, when He said, “…Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
We look for distractions because we don’t want to deal with whatever is before us. When I allow the Lord to be my distraction, He gives me rest and I don’t become overwhelmed or consumed by the very thing I am running from. When I sit in His presence, I get refreshed, gain wisdom, find peace and abiding joy! Very much a worthwhile distraction!