Distracted from the Divine

I called up the daily devotional web site Diann and I use after dinner. At the bottom of the scripture for the day was an advertisement for living room chairs, for which we had searched on-line days earlier. Everything seems connected on the internet, and so it was really no surprise that the chair advertisement appeared.

As I read the scripture out loud (Diann and I take turns reading each day) I couldn’t help glancing down to the bottom of the screen where the chairs we were interested in purchasing were displayed. My focus on faith was being distracted by furniture!

It’s a common experience, being distracted from the Divine. God is spirit, and can’t be known through the five senses like the physical world can. Add to this the tyranny of the urgent, and we can go through a lot of our day without giving much thought to God. We can spend much of our time living as if God doesn’t exist!

If we want God to be a significant part of our day-to-day living (actually, the most important part of our daily experience), then we’re going to have to be intentional about it. The world shouts at us, and God seems to whisper. You really have to want to connect with Him, to relate to Him, if it’s going to happen.

In his classic little book, The Practice of the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence who lived in the 17th century states, “We have to know someone before we can truly love him. In order to know God, we must think about Him often. Once we get to know Him, we will think about Him even more often, because where our treasure is, there also is our heart!”

It sounds rather simple, but it’s a good way to make God the central focus of each day, to determine to remind ourselves often through the day of His presence with us, to practice His presence. It’s also helpful to ask Him to help us do this! Yes, we can counter the tendency to be distracted from the Divine!

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18

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