Distractions

January 7, 2015

Colossians 3:3-4
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
4When Christ, who is youra life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Distractions

A young lady knelt beside her bed one morning to pray.
The warm sun breaking in caused her eye to stray.
As she glimpsed up and saw a song bird in the tree,
And was attracted to the window as she rose from bended knee.

Her thoughts became distracted as she looked out upon the day,
The woods, the leaves, the crags all beckoned her to come and play.
There she left Jesus sitting as she dressed and fled her room.
Later, she thought, I will return and then my prayers resume.

Why not invite Jesus with you as you engage upon your day?
Maybe He would love running with you as you run and play.
Why do we confine Him to when we are on bended knee?
Carry Jesus with you and allow Him to be free.

Should He not be with you in every expression of your day?
Do not be distracted, but take Him with you, even when you play.
He is your closest friend and loves to spend His time with you,
So take His presence with you in all that you say and do.

Do return to take time with Him in the solace of your room.
You need the quite time with Him your conversation to resume.
Allow Him to order your steps as you step into your day,
But always take Him with you and never cease to pray.

Kent Stuck

Blessings,
#kent

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Be still and know that I am God
Psalms 46:10
Be still, and know that I [am] God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

One of the most difficult things for us to do in our busy lives with all of its demand is to really be still before the Lord. Even in our prayer life, don’t we tend to want to say our peace to God and then move on? Most times we don’t want to take the time just to be still in His presence, to listen for His voice and meditate on His wonder and greatness. Psalms 4:4 says, “Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah”
We tend do with God what many of us are guilty of doing with our loved ones, “I would really like to talk with you about it, but I’ve got to run. Maybe we can talk later.” Is that similar to the words that come out of our mouth sometimes? It is often really hard for us to be still, but until we do, we often don’t really hear the things we need to hear. Ecclesiastes 9:7 says, “The words of wise [men are] heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.” Even in our human and family relationships, we don’t really hear their hearts until we are willing to take the time to really interact with them and listen to them. The greatest mysteries, the greatest truths, the revelations we receive are most often heard in the quite and still places. Those are the places and times when our minds are at rest and peace and we take time just to listen and focus. We all really need that time every day with our God and with each other to stay in tune and in touch with the ones and the One we really love. Perhaps one of the reasons we don’t want to sit and be still is because, even subconsciously, we are running away from facing issues or confrontations or unpleasant dealings we really don’t want to deal with. Maybe the reason those things even exist in the first place is because we don’t take the time on a regular basis to talk, heart to heart, on a human and a God level. We want the quick fixes of our present society and culture to handle our relational problems, but they don’t. They still take the investment of our time and our true heart to really deal with them effectively.
Our lives are incredibly busy and full, but we need to set aside those times every day when we can just be still and know that God is God and be able hear, should He wish to speak to us. More than likely He is speaking to us, or at least trying to throughout our day, but we aren’t tuned in to see and hear Him working in our lives and circumstances. The way we get ears to hear, eyes to see and a heart that is tender before the Lord, is to be still and really know that He is God in our lives. Don’t neglect the valuable time it takes to get quiet and be still before the Lord.

Blessings,
#kent

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