I seem to be in a season of distraction. For several days, I've been distracted, pulled away from what I started and need to finish. Some of it cannot be helped. I can coexist with it when my attention is diverted from mopping, however, when I do not know what I read 30 seconds ago in a Bible passage because simultaneously the dogs are barking, the phone is ringing, someone is knocking on my door hawking windows and siding, I cannot coexist with distraction.
What can I do to alleviate the problem? Rise from my bed early whether I feel like it or not? Turn off the phone for 30 minutes to an hour? Become a hermit or would that be a hermette? The obvious solution is to get out of bed earlier, drink my coffee, spend time in the Word and in prayer. (Though the hermit idea has merit.) Quiet, peaceful time, the only noise is as the time draws to a close, the birds are chirping as they begin their day.
I almost forgot, today is April 1, it is time for another SSMT verse, I chose Psalm 73: 28 (ESV)
But for me it is good to be near God, I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.
So as we go about our Saturdays, I will make an effort to close the door on distractions, dwell in God's presence and peace. I will remember Paul's words:
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Let us remain in prayer for people, ourselves, and situations in our own backyard as well as around the world. Discern what is important and what is a distraction...Keeping our focus on the Lord.