fluff and stuff

Dear Ones, have you ever noticed that you get distracted when you sit down to truly spend time studying Scripture, or spending time in prayer, or even trying to write in your Faith journal? Have you ever found yourself suddenly cleaning or organizing a messy area when just moments before you were in silent contemplation with God?

It is a fact of our fallen world that we are pulled away and our thoughts redirected. Will we catch ourselves in the act or allow ourselves to be sent further and further from the purposes we have before us?

In C. S. Lewis’ book, The Screwtape Letters, we find letter IV being written from this perspective. Screwtape is telling his nephew, Wormwood, to redirect the new believer in Wormwood’s care to create counterfeit feelings of the very prayers and quiet time with Jesus that he needs to grow.

Are we living like Colossians chapters 2 and 3 encourage us to do? Are we walking with Jesus, rooted and established in Him or are we allowing ourselves to become captive to human tradition (Colossians 2:6-8)?

The world is full of so much that looks good and seems good, but is really just empty. The enemy can use fluff and stuff of having journals, Bibles to study with, draw in, and different groups to belong to that keep us from the very thing we need.  The True Word of God. If we aren’t growing and putting our roots down into the very bedrock of our Faith- Jesus Himself, then we have failed and Wormwood has won.

I am often distracted by thoughts, memories, ideas, and concerns that quickly take over my mind. However, if I focus on Jesus, I can hand each of these things over to Him and He will put them where they belong, in His perfect hands.

O Best Beloved, may we gather on our knees again, focused, surrounded by Heavenly Host, seeking the very presence of God. May we hold out our hearts to the One who created them and seek His peace, His guidance, and His wisdom to face tomorrow. Let us not grow weary when we lose focus, but instead let us remember why we are on our knees (Colossians 2:12-17).

Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.  ~Isaiah 40:28-31




About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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