What’s stealing your focus?

A couple of weeks ago my family and I drove out to the most awesome mexican food restaurant just about 15 minutes from our house.  Although it was late in the evening the craving for the fajitas and enchiladas from this specific place could not be ignored.  We sat and ate by a huge window, and I was facing the window and was able to see outside.  About 30 min into our dinner I noticed a huge black cloud in the distance.  We had heard that storms were forecasted for later that night, but ignored the warning, because mexican food was more important. About 10 minutes later we were finishing up, and the black cloud seemed to be close.  I told Eddie we needed to hit the road quick and get home.  We quickly paid the check and ran to Eddie’s truck as the large raindrops were beating down on us.  Once in the truck, Eddie gunned it back to the house.  We got on the freeway, and something I have never experienced happened.  We found ourselves in the middle of a lightening storm.  I can never explain what it was like exactly.  I only know that we were seeing lightening bolts strike literally yards from where our truck was driving.   At this point, I was freaking out.  No one was making sounds in the car, but myself.  My husband (the calm one) was gazing intently at the road ahead going about 30 miles over the speed limit.  He didn’t say a word, but his actions said enough.  We were at the stop sign almost to our neighborhood when everything stopped.  In one moment everything was calm.  I looked at Eddie who was still had not looked up from the road only to see him hit the gas more.  I knew something was bad wrong….

 

As I sit here thinking of this scene, I think of where my mind was.  I was watching the storm, and reacting to the circumstances.  Although, I was praying for God to protect me and my family, my eyes were on the storm.

 

I was recently captivated by these verses from Galatians 5:7-8 which states,

“You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?  This persuasion did not come from Him who calls you.

 

My thoughts have been various these last couple of weeks since I have been meditating on these verses. It is amazing to me the amount of people who start strong for the Lord, and all of a sudden a difficulty comes in their life, and they focus on the “storm”.  They end up forgetting all power they have seen in Christ up to this point, and get scared.  Every storm is a trial on your faith.  Even the disciples struggled with their faith in Luke 8:24 when they were scared for their lives in a large storm and Jesus was sleeping in their very own boat!!!!  When they woke Jesus, the bible says He got up and rebuked the wind and the waves, and they STOPPED, AND IT BECAME CALM.

 

When we are doing well in our walk, satan hates it.  His only desire is to trip up your feet.  He wants you to be sidetracked by the issue that you are facing or the drama of the moment so much that it consumes your thoughts so much that it consumes you.  He wants your eyes on the storm and not the Creator.

 

God extended His hand of protection on us that night as we made it safely home.  Later we found out a tornado had been spotted in our area.  As I sat in my home that night, I was reminded that the great Creator is trustworthy.

No matter the severity of the storm, don’t get sidetracked, keep your eyes on Him.