There have been so many distractions this week: spiritual, work-related, future-thinking, health-related, etc. So. Many. Distractions. I’ve done better at refocusing on God during these things, but I still am nowhere near perfect. I still want to handle things myself. I still want to explore the train of thought. I still want to have my say….. However, deep down, I know that these distractions are really none of my business. I’m supposed to turn away from them and fix my eyes on my Lord and Savior.
I can toss my hands in the air, raise my voice in praise, and get lost as I fully worship Jesus, yet – two hours later – I’m second guessing my future. Why? He has it under control. He knows what will happen. It’s out of my hands.
It doesn’t matter who chooses me first (or last). It doesn’t matter who thinks I’m a great (or a horrible) human being. It doesn’t matter if I’m happy (or scared). It doesn’t matter if I have the world (or nothing).
I have my role, and Jesus has His. I am supposed to lean on Him. Listen for Him. Follow Him. Most days, I do a decent – albeit imperfect – job of following. I spend time in the Word, in prayer, in worship. The more time I spend in awe of His presence, however, the more time I also want to spend “fixing” my life.
Staying in my own lane is a challenge some days. I should be dialed in to my assigned focus areas, but I’m still drifting toward the median at a high rate of speed while I try to fix what’s going on around me and inside of me. The enemy is trying to distract me from what I have been called to do. The distractions keep coming. In fact, they are increasing the closer I draw to God. The distractions increase to try to divide and conquer truth.
Quiet time with God in the morning serves as my divine winter traffic report: “Main roads are congested and side roads are impassable” without that time versus “No delays or incidents along your route” when I seek Him first.
Have you ever prayed on the Armor of God? It’s powerful. The mornings where I start with prayer time are the best, but when I pray on His Armor….. Well, those days are amazing. I can handle whatever comes my way those days. I can deal with turmoil and drama. I can understand where the distractions begin. I can stay in my own lane and let God be God.
On the mornings where I do not spend time in prayer and do not pray on my Armor, though…. Oooh. Those days are the days I cannot escape fast enough. Days where I cannot understand how I missed a step and I understand how that one step can impact my entire day. I’m uncentered, quick to anger, slow to forgive, and filled with anxiety.
Taking the time to pray on His Armor in the morning helps to keep my eyes focused on my path for the day.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
Ephesians 6:10-18 NIV