How to Be Done with Distraction

Thump!

I winced and hoped the noise was just a coincidence following what I just saw out of the corner of my eye. A quick check in the rear view mirror confirmed my sinking suspicions: There was now one more bunny in that great borough in the sky.

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True to form it all happened in a split second giving neither of us time to take precautions. He was clearly on a mission by the way he darted right out in front of my truck never stopping to consider his sprint across the field was going to dead end on the blacktop beyond.

I wondered what drove him to that demise. Didn’t he hear me rounding the corner? Was he was distracted by something bigger looming behind him or just blissfully ignorant of the sounds of danger desiring whatever he was running towards more? My heart sank at the thought: for him there would be no resurrection.

We cannot live in the past and we are not promised tomorrow. But God is faithful today. ~ Bro. Jimmy Oalmann Jr.

Later, the night of the “incident” in a small church set by railroad tracks and beside campgrounds my friend and I were revived. Feeling harried, out of breath and a little flat -like the poor soul I met on the road that morning- their revival service was a life giving refrain.

We made the hour long journey amid storms to offer our songs but it was the calm message we heard that resonated the most:

The Savior stands at the door and knocks.

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Tap. Tap. Tap.

Can you hear him?

At times I’m almost too distracted by planning, pouting or pretending I have it all together to tune in with my whole heart.

And paying lip service only will leave you broke.

We’ve all seen the painting of Jesus waiting outside a home, lantern lighted and hand raised. I have a faint memory of one displayed on my grandma’s apartment wall when I was small. But there was a fresh “revelation” as the pastor read those words from the book bearing the same name: This invitation was given to the church. Will we let Jesus in the building or are we too distracted by our own plans and posturing to hear His heart calling to ours collectively and individually?

As the pastor shifted gears from sounds of hinges creaking open to tales of locomotives bound for glory, he closed with the question: “Do you have your ticket for that last train ride?”

Or is it misplaced under the empty promises that life piles along your pathway?

We bowed for the invitation prayer and in that moment a lonesome whistle wailed outside the doors and we felt the rumble in the floor beneath our feet.

With tracks less than 100 feet away, one could wonder did he know what time the train was due or was it just God’s way to get our attention and drive his point home?

Distraction is the devil’s favorite tune for dividing our attention and drawing us away from our heavenly purpose. The more distracted I am, the more discouraged I feel because I can’t seem to get it together. The more I delve into discouragement the more it leads to dissatisfaction. The more dissatisfied I feel the more I look for a distraction. And so the cycle goes like the slow winding up of a jack in the box. Round and round the mulberry bush… and then I wonder why I’m surprised by that sudden POP! of the weasel at the end.

Trying to keep pace with the world around us- on and offline- and even just our own expectations- is exhausting.

Living in constant noise, turmoil and rushing around isn’t sustainable.

And it costs you.

Sometimes in small ways such as missed appointments, opportunities or misunderstandings.

Sometimes in bigger ways like speeding tickets… on the way to church… because you’re so caught up in what needs to happen when you get there and what didn’t go according to plan before you left that your mind checks out of focusing on the most important thing at the moment…

Your speed.

Just ask me how I know…

Distraction drags you away, dumbs you down and delays you.

Sometimes in the worst way: permanently.

Most people don’t know they’re lost until the day they’re saved. ~ Rev. Ray Williams

It’s the devil’s design to keep us driven by distraction and chasing those rabbits hoping we’ll miss the calling of eternal life in its entirety. The longer and farther we get away from our purpose the harder it feels to return and once we’re smitten with speed and instant gratification, anything slower leaves us feeling slighted.

But Jesus came to redeem, renew and refocus you and me. We’re never too far gone to start walking back to him because treading slowly and steadily with our savior right here in this moment is what we’re made for.

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If you feel preoccupied… even with the best of things…

Lost along the way… not sure where to place your priorities…

Or detoured in the wrong direction…

Turn to this:

—> Slow down. Choose to say no, to stop, rest or pause – before God does it for you. Starting with a good night’s sleep is the best way to refresh your focus and rescue yourself from rushing {and it won’t hurt your pocketbook or pride nearly as much…}

He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. ~ Psalm 23:2

—> Breathe in and let it out – Whatever is monopolizing your mind at the moment, take a deep breath and write it all down. Confess all the things that are dragging you down and dump out all the details to make room in your mind for God to fill it.

There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not bow down to a foreign god. I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. ~ Psalm 81:9-10

—> Look Up and Listen- Pray. Seek His face, His word and His voice. Ask for His forgiveness and direction. All other things will fall into perfect place.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. ~ Matthew 6:33

When we purpose to be done with distraction and instead lean in and listen for the whispers of our Savior, He will envelope us with encouragement, provide us with more than enough and engage not only our minds, but our hearts and souls as well.

P.S. A playlist to help you focus:

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P.S # 2. If you’re overwhelmed with work or worry- and needing a little more worship in the wait, I’d love for you to join me as we travel this road together. You’ll be the first to know of all the soul satisfying surprises in store. Click right here to receive a set of free printable scripture cards and I’ll see you in your inbox soon!

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9 thoughts on “How to Be Done with Distraction

  1. Hi Heather,
    Oh those distractions — (bunnies and speeding tickets!) pull our attention elsewhere – -I can so relate. (And what a delightful image you’ve made with the vintage truck!) The rest and quietness we all long for is sometimes in the midst of those distractions and it takes us realigning our focus to find it, doesn’t it?! xo

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    1. I’m glad I’m not alone! Sometimes it makes me hopping mad that I just can’t seem to focus. Been doing a lot of digging into the word today… taking my own advice I suppose! Thanks for the truck photo love. ♥ Here’s to focusing on what really matters this summer- faithful friends like you and our heavenly Father. Have a wonderful Wednesday Valerie!

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    1. Hi Mary! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! God is so faithful to help us focus- Amen! And I will surely be checking out your link up- thanks so much for the invite! Have a blessed Thursday!

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  2. I’m focusing on calmness and stillness this month, so your post is a perfect one for me to read on this first day of August. Thanks, Heather. This is true: “The more distracted I am, the more discouraged I feel because I can’t seem to get it together.”

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    1. Hey Lisa! Here’s to still waters and peaceful streams to rest beside this month… And to remembering that God is good at holding us all together no matter how distraction nips at us. Thanks as always for popping over with your sweet comment ♥

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  3. Hi Heather – I read your post during one of my breaks at work – welcome relief I must say – – – from myself more than the work . My brain gets so full work and then its full of how best to use the precious 30 minutes of quiet that lunch time brings that it becomes a distraction in itself. This day I chose the lounge area where I could put my feet up and after reading your post instead of scrolling quickly through Instagram and emails (another distraction) I closed my eyes for a bit – – – and just breathed and listened – to my own heart beat, to God – just did nothing for a bit but stop. Theres something about just stopping and giving yourself a moment. Good words, good encouragement Heather thank you – much needed. Hoping to find a few of my own soon. God bless xx (Managed to do one small creative project on the weekend and some good therapeutic housework which is creative in its own way – whats happening creative wise at your end?

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    1. Hello Dear Tracey! I have been thinking and praying for you and your new job!! ♥Creativity here lately is taking the form of writing, plotting the rest of my website revamp and gearing up to pick for another vintage sale (should they accept me as a vendor that is..!?) I feel ya on the full to the brim feeling of all.the.things a 9 to 5 brings coupled with that drain once you get home and want to shift gears into ‘fun’ mode… sometimes the gears stick! Humbled to have provided you with some respite in the middle of your day dear friend! xo

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