Lord, Please Distract Me


Aren’t distractions annoying? You know what I’m talking about . . .

You’re scanning social media and getting caught up on all the gossip, but you can’t seem to concentrate because of that Bible sitting over there on the shelf. The next thing you know, you’ve completely ignored all incoming notifications for the past half hour. The Bible was just so much more interesting.

Or . . .

You keep trying to address the worries and concerns that pop into your head via carefully crafted bullet lists, but your mind is so full of Scripture, you can’t seem to get the Word out of the way so you can think.

Or . . .

You attempt to enjoy the outdoors, take a nap in the sunshine, explore the surroundings, people-watch, etc., but you’re completely unsuccessful, having become overwhelmingly distracted by the Bible in your hands. It has so captured your attention, your perfect day at the park is ruined.

What a joke, right? The opposite is far more realistic. You pull out your Bible, determined to spend unhindered time with God, and you’re instantly drawn to your surroundings, news feeds, or pressing concerns and responsibilities. It’s everything you can do to block out the distractions and focus on the Word.

Why does everything else distract us from the Bible instead of the Bible distracting us from everything else?

Three reasons. Satan has a way of making even dirt look appealing. Sin agrees. The result is a perfectly professional, self-destructing habit we can’t seem to shake. And all we can do is pray . . .

Lord, please distract me. May your Word be ever so glorious to me that, like an unceasing hunger pang, the holiest of distractions continually allures me – until I give in.

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22 thoughts on “Lord, Please Distract Me

  1. Well stated Lydia! May we all learn to cherish God’s living word above everything else. I am getting much better but still a work in progress. Thanks for this poignant reminder. Have a fantastic weekend and may God bless you and yours!


  2. Neat post, Lydia! Building a habit of pushing everything out of our face so we can seek the face of God is one that takes great intentionality. For me it’s taken a daily choice, and accountability from the body of Christ. I’m thankful that He draws near to us as we draw near to Him.

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  3. You have such a way with words in getting to the heart of the matter. I appreciate that so much about your blog posts.

    I was so convicted as I was reading because too often the world distracts me rather than God. Oh how amazing it would be to have it be the other way around. I never thought to pray for that very thing. Your post has inspired me.

    Thanks so much for always pointing us to Christ and His Word.


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  4. Good morning Lydia! This is just a little note to let you know we have *FEATURED* this post today on the ART OF HOME-MAKING MONDAYS at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth. Thank you for joining us! We hope to have you again this week and have a lovely week! 🙂

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