by, Apr 7th 2012 at 02:56 PM (593 Views)
Yesterday I was on my way home from school. With the polarized lens I have for my sunglasses, I cannot clearly see the digital numbers on the clock in the truck’s radio. Yeah, just a radio, no CD player… boring! Anyway, I took my glasses off and absentmindedly set them down.
Due to event’s being on my mind I was caught up in thinking about what felt like a thousand things all at once (who says a man can’t multitask) and after a few minutes I suddenly realized, “Hey, it’s bright!”
I glance down at the seat next to me and didn’t see my sunglasses. I felt the shirt at my collar because sometimes I hang them there. I felt at my forehead, sometimes I just push them up. I looked in my lap, I looked at the seat next to me again. This went on for about a minute and I didn’t find my glasses.
I began to wonder where they were and figured that they had fallen maybe. I was planning on stopping and looking on the floor. I kept driving and did all that I did in paragraph three, all over again. No glasses. I was feeling confused because how far could they have walked (you think stupid things while frustrated) and be hiding from me.
I was about 5 miles from home so figured no sense in stopping, I’d just get home and look for them. I even recall taking a deep breath as I put everything out of my mind (like that’s possible) and looked down at my cell phone to change the song to a different one. It’s setup to transmit to the radio so I listen over the truck’s sound system.
As I looked down I see that my sun glasses are right on the seat and the cell phone is actually between the arms of the glasses. I put the glasses back on… and God begins to minister.
As I was distracted from finding the glasses, I was effectively “blinded” from seeing them. God ministered that as a Body of Christ we are so blind to so much that He is trying to show us. Whether it’s in His Word, or something in our life for the good or bad… we are not “focused” on Him so that He can have our eyes open to ALL that He is showing us. Even when He’s pointing out something to us concerning others, we remain blind and fail to pray for or minister to them.
Seems that God is ministering a lot concerning a NEED to focus on Him. I wonder if other people are receiving the same ministering?
Am I looking in the mirror as I write this? I BETTER!!
God pointed out that distraction(s) in our lives keep us from focusing on Him. As with the distractions of driving, looking around my truck, thinking stupid things… I looked right at those glasses how many times? My guess is about 3-4 times I glance right at the seat but never saw those glasses. I was effectively BLINDED.
However, when I focused on the cell phone, I saw the glasses, I saw that they both sat on my school books, I saw that the radio transmitter was next to the phone. I saw everything clearly when I didn’t see anything a moment before.
How many things has God pointed out to me that I was blind to because I was distracted and not focusing on God? How about you? Or how many things has God put before me as a “subtle” sign to get me aligned with Him and I didn’t see or hear it? How many times does God have to remind us (me) to keep HIM FIRST in our lives and all else will come into “clear focus,” “perfect balance,” and “understanding” according to Him?
Here is the scripture I’m led to: Luke 4: 8 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan!Forit is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”
Sure seems that satan can distract us in the most covert (subtle) ways or quite overt ways as well. We know these overt ways more commonly as “temptation(s)”. So be aware that subtle “DISTRACTIONS” can also lure you away from God! They can make us BLIND to God. While temptations cause us to SIN, distractions cause us to be blind. Both have a purpose to draw us away from God.
Don’t underestimate distractions because the more we allow them in our lives, we can reach a point they have come between us and God. Over time we’re too distracted to even pray, read the Bible, attend church, fellowship, and just spending quality time alone with God. We end up serving everything in our life that has us distracted from God.
And yes, your ministry can distract you from God and His will for you… also! When this happens your personal relationship with God suffers as you put the ministry before God and you are blind to what God is saying to you.