Distractions... or Divine Interruptions?
Sometimes my life is so filled with distractions, I find it difficult to figure out exactly what I should be paying attention to. I have ADD, so anything can distract me! I think most people can relate because it seems like our entire society has a type of ADD. In our technology-driven world, there are endless options of what can pull our focus from what is in front of us.
Focus is really important as we pursue our dreams. It is too easy to become distracted by chasing the big-picture stuff and miss the smaller, more significant issues that are just as important. And one distraction leads to another, which leads to another, and before we know it, we’re off course and we wonder how we’ll ever reach our dreams.
But, I've discovered some distractions might actually be heavens interruptions. They might be God’s way of leading us into an important new piece of the puzzle in His ultimate plan for our dreams. What feels like an interruption in one moment can be the key to unlock another direction God wants us to go.
But how do you tell the difference between a distraction and a divine interruption? There is no “one size fits all” checklist to evaluate this. One way to figure it out is to determine whether your current path honors God’s true direction or whether the new direction you are being drawn to may be more aligned with His purpose for you.
While God may lead us into short-term assignments at times, they will be something that interferes with His ultimate direction.
Another way to help assess this is to be patient and allow God to reveal more clearly to you what direction to take. Time is your friend. When you react to an opportunity too quickly and do not give it thoughtful consideration, it’s easy to be misled into thinking a distraction is a divine interruption and vice versa.
I also rely heavily on input from experienced spiritual leaders and people who I know who model making wise decisions in the same area I'm considering. I watch how they handle distractions and opportunities. I talk to them about my situation and ask for their advice and guidance. This habit of looking to strong leaders is crucial has helped me so many times. And when this is overlooked I've seen so many people get into a real "train-wreck."
King Solomon said, “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”
Jesus was always available for interruptions. He seemed to kept Himself open so He could turn what looked like a distraction into the gateway to a miracle.
Have you ever heard about the day Jesus was teaching and some parents took their children to Him so He would pray over them and bless them? The disciples scolded the parents for bothering Jesus; they saw the children as a disruption. But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”6 He recognized the opportunity to teach His followers about the kind of faith they needed. He knew difference between distraction and divine interruption because He stayed close to the Father, listening for and following God’s leading.