Overcoming Distractions

It’s easy to get distracted. Recently, I was in a room filled with people talking. There was music playing in the background and children were running around. An individual stopped me and started talking about something important. As he spoke, I found myself wanting to listen, but I was distracted by the “room noise.” At one point, I watched his lips moving, but I could not hear a word he was saying. I needed to change something. This past Monday morning, I found a quiet place and started to pray. It seemed like a flood of thoughts came rushing into my head…all this “room noise” in my head of things I felt I needed to do that day and the cares of life. I asked the Lord, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to help me focus on Him. Only after several minutes was I able to start praying with faith and clarity. The Psalmist knew the importance of prayer and our need of staying centered on the Lord Himself. In Psalm 123:2 we read, “Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, and as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till he has mercy upon us.” A good servant knows the importance of closeness and attention to detail. Life is full of competing voices and many distractions. In order for me to hear my friend over the noise, I had to alter a few things. First, I had to step closer to him and put my ear nearer to his mouth. At the same time I continued to watch his lips and listen intently to what he was saying. This definitely helped our communication. In hindsight, the best course of action would have been to step into another room, close the door, and listen to every word clearly. The Lord Jesus deserves our undivided attention. As we tune in and listen, life takes on the sense of a mission and not just a “merry-go-round.” Following Jesus is our call…let’s not get distracted.

Pastor Mark Boucher