There have been some things going on in my life lately that have been requiring my full, and undivided attention. I’ve been doing my personal best to shut out the surrounding noise and focus my attention and efforts on those things.
For me, Facebook has been a pleasant distraction, because my social life is important to me. My friends are important to me… Although, it is a little sad that Facebook has been my primary way of keeping in touch with them.
I’ve had to take a break, and will continue to take periodic breaks away from all the drama that has hitched itself to social media: American race relations, politics, everyone’s versions of religion, videos of breakout fights automatically playing in my timeline, and everything else that hangs on the vine… Some of the fruit is strange, and has the potential to become all consuming.
There are other distractions as well. Good and needful ones. Books, meal planning, cooking, cleaning, “rushing to the rescue” of people who need help, etcetera.
If I don’t rise before the sun, all of those things simultaneously call out my name. And it’s funny how my attention to any and every item on the list can take hours when my plan was only to spend minutes.
At times, I find myself being engulfed in taking care of the things that were never meant to take care of me. Only God can do that.
However, His specialty lies in taking care of those things that we think need our attention the most. Those emergencies… like failing marriages, destructive addictions, depressed children, pressing needs and an empty bank account, genuine loneliness, and the list goes on.
God is an expert in the areas that are too big for us to even wrap our minds around trying to patch or fix, and He is an accomplished navigator of deep water (Isaiah 43:2).
It takes time to lay it all down. No rushing allowed.
For some of the heftier problems in our lives, it takes years for them to mount up. For others, only a moment. Despite the nature of the problem, its creation or origin, He can help us.
He wants to help us.
There are major storms brewing in some of our lives, or either we’re in the midst of one or several.
God doesn’t have to rush to our attention if we’ve already given Him ours… That’s something that I’m learning.
He can show us with clarity that something lies on the horizon. And whatever it is, we can face it without fear.