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 great (or a horrible human being). It doesn’t matter if I’m happy (or I’m scared). It doesn’t matter if I have the world (or am poor). 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. 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.
I recently learned about praying on the Armor of God. It’s powerful. The mornings where I start with prayer time are the best, but when I pray on the 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.
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.
Ephesians 6:10-20 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Whole Armor of God
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.