I usually attribute distractions as kicks of the enemy rather than taps from the Lord. Why does it always have to be a negative? Could it just be more about love and leading than Satan’s trying to run me into a ditch? Might it be that God is really in control and He is truly leading my steps? What if the majority of our interruptions are simply God’s invitation to Himself rather than interference from the devil?
Distractions from My Timeline
When I’ve set things to happen according to my timeline and by my timeframe, I have to confess, I can blame the obstacles and obstructions on the enemy. It’s easy to say, “Just stop it, devil,” when things don’t happen my way. I’d have to admit that anger is more commonly my response than gratitude. But recently, when I was speaking with a friend, I saw their obstacle in a different light. Of course it was in someone else’s life and not my own, right (hehehe)? But I think my seeing was for an expanding of my own general view of life.
Life is full of distractions and diversions. It is the nature of living life. I was never promised a path of no resistance. Actually, I am guaranteed quite the opposite. But what I am looking at this morning is the source of our obstacles. Could these detours be divine in nature? Could they be a slight tap from my Lord to say, “Hey, can you come over here? I need some FaceTime.” This realization would certainly cause me to view distractions with less resistance. And because I am His child, does God not have the right to divert my steps? Isn’t this especially true when these obstacles might just be for relationship with Himself? It certainly is!
Distractions Who Are They From
Here is another view of the same thought. If God is sovereign and I am living in His Will, then all the bumps in my road are His. Even if the enemy claims they’re his own, the reality is that they are God’s. If God is sovereign, then nothing escapes His grasp, knowing, and control. So how about this novel idea: all my distractions don’t always have to be negative. Why can’t they be His love? Here’s an exposing reason! “Because I have to get this task done, God! And NOW!” Ooo, this is such a check on my heart. Is He truly sovereign and does He control my time? Or is my agenda more important than His Will and our relationship? Ouch!
I want to live in His hands. I want to live surrendered to His path. And I want to live hearing His tender whispers to gain my gaze and time. It is easy to get caught up in my “much to do about nothing” moments. I can spin my wheels of “my agenda” and “need to get things done” while losing the point of life—HIM! I have a long relationship with doing. And I come from a long line of doers. But if my doing is from MY DOING, it is only leading me away from Jesus, not to Him.
Uphold my steps in Your paths, That my footsteps may not slip.
Psalm 17:5 NKJV
I think it is a good time to write about the Doing of the Doers. I’ll do that in my next post.