In a world where everything is calling for our attention, it is hard to stay focused on the task at hand. There are so many distractions going on around us, but today I want to discuss the negative distractions that cause us to become afraid and cause us to second guess every move we make.
On my last post, I talked about being uncomfortable (I’m still uncomfortable by the way – things have gotten worse it seems like lol and if you haven’t read that post, you can check it out here!) But anyway, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed a lot lately and the other day during my quiet time with God, I had to ask God how in the world did I get to this place? Why do I feel so overwhelmed and so exhausted? And God asked me, what have I been focusing on? And I realized then that I had been entertaining so much negativity and foolishness! I wasn’t being careful with what I watched and what I listened to. I was being over taken by social media, feelings of inadequacy and fear of many things. Then, God led me to read about good ol’ Peter walking on water.
Now, Peter was obedient and got off the boat and started walking on water towards Jesus. I applaud Peter for getting off the boat! That’s a huge step! 👏🏾 But this is where he gets in trouble, the Bible says, “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.”” Matthew 14:30 ESV. HE SAW THE WIND! 🤔 I know you’re probably thinking, how can someone see the wind? I imagine Peter saw the effects of the storm he was in. He saw the trees being bent, the waves getting higher, the boat rocking. All of these things became his focus and he took his eyes off of the one who called him off the boat.
I can relate to Peter in this instance, because I too often take my eyes off of the one who has called me. I don’t realize I’ve taken my eyes off of Him until I get overwhelmed. No, I’m not perfect and struggle just like everyone else. I allow the world and my circumstances to become so much louder than God and what I know deep in my soul. So I begin to sink just like good ol Peter. But Jesus has never let me drown! 🙌🏾🏃🏾♀️ *quickens* The way Jesus responds is a whole nother blog post! But I encourage you to read what happens after verse 30.
I’ve said all of that just to simply say this: when we aren’t focused on THE ONE, it is easy for this world to drown us. Stay focused on God, your purpose and His Word! There is so much going on everyday! Now, I’m not saying ignore reality, but choose to keep God first. We can’t allow the wind to distract us from what God has called us to do. We must keep our eyes on Him and if we don’t, we can’t be surprised when we find ourselves sinking. Choose to see his strength and power as bigger than everything else around. Choose to ignore the lies in your head. Choose to speak positive when there is chaos going on. It’s a struggle and something I have to remind myself daily, so you’re not alone! But, it can be done and IT WILL BE DONE with the help of the Lord. Let’s stay focused on what God has called us to do, so we don’t drown. Make God and His Word bigger than your worries, your fears, your depression, your negative thoughts and whatever is bogging you down. Pray for me as I will pray for you!
Until next time! 💜 #TalksWithTasha