I was in a funk. And I was baffled by it. There was nothing blatantly “wrong”. In fact, my life was overflowing with blessings. I was healthy, had a wonderful husband, beautiful kids … the list goes on and on. So why did I feel so “off”?
Have you ever felt like that? You have every reason to count your blessings, but you can’t shake the feeling that something just isn’t right?
I love to listen to worship music in my car, but during my “funk”, even that proved frustrating. One day in particular, I impatiently flipped through radio stations. Once again, I found nothing worthwhile, so I shut off my radio in a huff. In the silence I heard God say to my heart … you can’t hear Me above the noise.
The realization reverberated in my chest. I’d let the noise of life–the busyness and comfort of routine, drown out God. Without a strong connection to my power source, God, I’d begun to lose my fire. I’d been reading my Bible, praying, and serving at church … but without the fire of the Holy Spirit fueling me, it was like I was just going through the motions.
God showed me that I need to stay on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what He will do next. Otherwise, I can become distracted by the noise of life. If I’m distracted, I stop looking for the ways He’s working around me, and I can no longer hear Him clearly. In fact, if I’m distracted enough, I can forget that I’m even supposed to be listening for His voice!
I believe we’ll all experience seasons of distraction. It’s our human nature! But recognizing when we’ve become distracted, and getting out of that place, is what’s really important.
Scripture says, “Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you” (Proverbs 4:25, NLT).
I got down on my knees and prayed for the Holy Spirit to fall fresh on me … to fill me up … to light me “on-fire” again. And I asked others to pray those same prayers for me. God loves when we seek Him with such earnestness. He was faithful to answer me, and I know He’ll do the same for you.
So, the next time you find yourself buried in the distractions of life, turn down the noise and pray for God to help you refocus on Him, as you learn to live wholly loved.