My dear blogging buddies.
My understanding, compassionate, long-suffering blogging buddies.
I am just arriving home from 5 days in Arizona – "The Hub" and I went to another one of our western festivals – Yee Haw!! But, traveling out-of-state twice in less than two weeks has been a bit - (a whole lot) - challenging for these old bones.
So, I’m sitting here watching basketball – MARCH MADNESS!!
And I’m relaxing…
When, all of a sudden, I realized something – I don’t have anything written for tomorrow’s post! "Senior moment" – are these becoming the new norm???
Lord, what should I write about?
I’ve decided to write about distractions.
Distractions that the Enemy brings into your life to derail you from God’s purposes.
Why are they so effective?
"He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour."
(1 Peter 5:8)
Lions attack sick, young, or straggling animals. Lions choose their victims carefully. They pounce when their prey is most vulnerable – they pick on the weak.
So, here’s the deal. God is bringing some new opportunities into my life – new avenues to speak about Him, to spread His truth, to reach others for His Kingdom. He’s really stretching me – moving me outside my comfort zone.
And it’s painted a big, huge target on my back.
"Here, devil – kick me."
You know one of the worst distractions?
Doubts that God hears me when I pray – or if He does, doubts that He really cares about my little life. Doubts that He is good. Or the worst of all, doubts that He even exists at all…
I haven’t had these doubts since high school – (eons and eons ago). I’m embarrassed to admit that these thoughts have even crossed my mind. I’m convicted that I allow them to sit down and have a cup of coffee…
Am I alone in this?
"Stand firm against [the devil], and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are." (1 Peter 5:9)
But, are you also like me – a little mad? A little disgusted at the fiery arrows of distraction?
I don’t have time for this. I have work to do!
And I DO have a God who hears me, and cares about me – a God who is really and truly there – a God who is good.
A God who has proved faithful, over and over again.
A God who is bringing me to a new land – a land that I cannot enter unless He goes before me. A land that I will never occupy unless He conquers it first. A land that He will open up to me, one step at a time.
Let’s en-courage one another with words of truth. Let’s be fortified by the Word of Truth. Let’s carry our swords into battle, and fight strong.
Let’s take a good long look at that cowardly old lion hiding in the bush – and let’s call his bluff...
"I see you. I know what you’re doing. And this time, it’s not going to work."
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