A few years ago, my son got me wind chimes for Mother’s Day. It’s a big one that rings loud and clear with just a whisper of a breeze.
I love these wind chimes. First because my then 8-year-old picked them out. Second, they instantly make the noise of the world disappear. I could be sitting on my back porch and hear the distant barking of a neighbor’s dog, or someone mowing their lawn, or even an airplane flying high overhead. But those chimes take the place of any other distracting noises.
The sweet sound of bells tinkling instantly centers me. I love the music of chimes. The noise of the backyard is gone in a moment.
Our daily lives are filled with distractions and noise that grab our attention. These things vie for our attention in our hearts and heads…which makes it easy for us to lose focus. Lose focus on what? On the things that are important: our families, our marriages…our God.
It’s important that we have distraction-free time with God so that we can focus on prayer, fellowship, and mediation with our Heavenly Father. It’s one-on-one time with the Lord, where we draw closer to Him. It’s during that time that we are able to “hear” His voice. And it’s at that distraction-free moment that we grow as disciples. Psalm 119:15 (NASB) says, “I will meditate on your precepts and regard your ways.”
I’m guilty of “squeezing” God in when I have free moments. For instance, I have a prayer board in my bathroom so that I can pray over requests while I get ready for the day. The prayer time is good and deliberate. But if I’m brushing my teeth or doing my make-up, it’s not prayer that is distraction-free.
The bigger issues that distract us from God are ones we need to take note of. These are typically heart issues, which will reveal what we love. Martha experienced this revelation of her heart.
Martha was busy in the kitchen, preparing for her guests, while Jesus was teaching in her home. Martha began complaining that her sister, Mary was not assisting with the preparations. In fact, Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet listening to His lessons.
In response to Martha’s complaint, Jesus said, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42.
Martha had been distracted from Jesus. How had she been distracted? Her tasks? Her entertaining agenda? By the guests? No…Jesus reveals that she’s distracted by her own anxiousness. What was she anxious about? Entertaining? Her guests’ comfort? The temperature of the food? More than likely, she was most anxious about how everyone would think about her and her household if she was not successful at serving the guests.
Martha didn’t acknowledge her distraction…not until Jesus pointed it out to help her see the heart issue of her distraction. She thought she was doing the right thing…but her values were not on point because of her distractions. She was then able to shift her attention to what was more important…the Lord.
In our distracted lives, in our busyness, we should be asking ourselves about what is truly distracting us from our relationship with God. Are we choosing the “good portion” or something less?
I’m praying this week that we each find the peace that wind chimes bring me and that we each have an undistracted experience with God.
Happy Mother’s Day.