Distractions, distractions, distractions

I promise myself before I get out of bed I will spend time with the Lord….trouble is I also need to walk, so I get up at 5:30am to walk before it gets too hot. I justify this walk, by at least listening to worship music as I am going. I am home an hour later (to the cuppa Trev’s made and tried to keep warm by putting a lid on it) and I have a cool down shower and get my breakfast.

My intentions are then good: sit down and spend time with the Lord. No distractions! Oops there goes my phone, someone is messaging me, so I read and reply. Then I remember I haven’t put the washing machine on, so off I go. While I am putting the washing machine on, I remember I need to check my emails as waiting on a reply. The dog is barking and needs to go outside on the lawn, so off we go…, oops I haven’t unpacked the dishwasher so will quickly do that while I wait for the dog to come back in. It is starting to warm up, the potted roses needed watering before they get into the full sun so I will quickly do that. The washing machine just finished, so I will quickly hang it out.. Oh no, look at the time, I have to get dressed and go, as have a meeting soon.

I’m out the door and then realise I didn’t finish my quiet time with the Lord. I tell myself I’ll do it later today, or tonight, and off I go rushing about busy, busy, busy. Am I the only one who does this? I try to cram as much work into my schedules as possible. It’s one thing to forget about a cup of tea, but what about my relationship with God?

In Psalm 46:10 the Lord commands me to “Be still and know that I am God.” It is in stillness, that we can confidently hear God clearly speak to us, through his word, through his Spirit, to our circumstances and therefore to us. Being still and knowing that he is God, requires me to give him my full attention, and not being distracted.

So for me, I need to turn off my phone, and to remind myself that some things can wait, as a quiet time with him each day is far more important. Not only does it help me cope with everything, it also helps me to clearly see everything in the right perspective – through his eyes.

Lord, please help me to order my day in a way that shows how I love you. I desperately want to know you more and to hear what you have to say to me. Please remind me that knowing you is greatly helped by a stillness before you. Amen.

Sue Saggers

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