Thursday night I quickly stopped off at the grocery store for two things: cornmeal and cereal. Even with a list, do you know how hard it is to make it out of there without anything extra? My eyes kept wandering…first the watermelon, then to the chips and pasta on sale, then to the candy aisle, and lastly to the trashy magazines at the checkout. Yet, despite my wandering eyes, I made it!
Fast forward to Saturday morning when I went for a run on the boardwalk. Running on the boardwalk is one of my most favorite things to do here, but as the weather warms up, it’s proving to be quite challenging…Saturday my goal was to run 4 miles, but I found myself continually distracted by all the fun, festivities, and food. Throughout the run, I was tempted to stop and grab some Starbucks, do some shopping, eat some funnel cake, or sip a cocktail by the pool. Even when we have a goal, it’s easy for our eyes to quickly lose sight of what we’re working towards.
I see this play out in my faith as well. My heart only wants eyes for Jesus, but I’m easily pulled away and distracted by something else. A small example of this is in the mornings when I settle in to spend time praying and reading the Bible. Often, I open my computer to turn some worship music on, but one things leads to another, and before you know it, I’ve hopped on Facebook, read some blogs, checked out Gilt Group, and before I even know what happened, 20-30 minutes of my time with God has lapsed.
Or on a bigger scale, God could be calling me to something or telling me to do something, but I find myself dragging my heels a bit, and looking for any possible distraction or loophole to deter me from what He may be telling me to do.
For me, even when the number one desire of my heart is to know more of God and follow His plans, I’m so easily distracted. It’s a daily struggle…
God, I pray that above everything else, I will seek first You kingdom and Your righteousness. (Matt 6:33) Lord, may the cry of my heart be Psalm 16:
That I will set You continually before me. And know that because You are at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Thank you that when You are before me, my heart is glad and my glory rejoices. Thank you that when You are before me, My body will dwell securely…God, thank you that when you are before me, You make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever. Lord, strengthen and equip my heart and my body to put you first, no matter what distractions may vie for my affection, may You are the desire of my heart. In Your mighty, holy, powerful name, Amen.