The Upper Room devotional reflection for Tuesday, May 31, 2022 comes to us from Sister Confianza del Señor of Colón, Honduras.
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:6-11 NIV
“Dealing with Distraction”
The other night at our evening prayer time, Sister Alegría and I were interrupted by a beetle that was attracted to our hand-held light. The inch-long creature kept landing on our necks, arms, and legs with an unpleasant tickle. We brushed the beetle away, but it was nearly impossible to concentrate on our scripture readings. The beetle was not a biting insect, so I didn’t want to kill it – though I was tempted I caught it in my hand and released it outside. Finally, we could pray in peace.
This experience is a helpful metaphor for dealing with problems that arise in my life. Sin, temptation, worries, and even trivial things can distract me from God during worship and prayer, as well as keep me from living a faithful life. When that happens, instead of just ignoring my problems or trying to brush them away, I would do well to face the challenges straight on and turn them over to God. God has the power to resolve them and guide me in what steps I may need to take. The process may be difficult, but it is worthwhile. When we give God not only our praise but also our problems, our faith will be strengthened and we can regain a sense of peace.
I have often forgotten to accomplish a particular chore, because I have been distracted by several other chores. It seems to me that distractions interrupt us often. These distractions often don’t involve important relationships or tasks. But when we are distracted from important relationships, especially with God, we are called to re-focus on what is important by releasing our distractions. God, who always loves us, receives these distractions by blessing us with peace and endurance for whatever is before us. Have you ever released some distraction to God, and thereby found the focus you need to accomplish the important relationship that is before you?
All powerful God, help us to let go of our problems and distractions so we can focus on you and what’s really important in life. Amen.
--Sister Confianza del Señor
To resist temptation.
Thought for the Day:
I can trade my problems for the peace of God.