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Dealing With Distraction

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen 1 Peter 5:6-11 (NRSV)

Sister Confianza del Senor lives in Colon, Honduras. The other night at their evening prayer time, Sister Alegria and Sister Confianza were interrupted by a beetle that was attracted to their hand-held light. The inch-long creature kept landing on their necks, arms, and legs with an unpleasant tickle. They brushed the beetle away, but it was nearly impossible to concentrate on their scripture readings. The beetle was not a biting insect, so Sister Confianza didn't want to kill it - though she was tempted. She caught it in her hand and released it outside. Finally they could pray in peace.

This experience is a helpful metaphor for dealing with problems that arise in our life. Sin, temptation, worries, and even trivial things can distract us from living a faithful life. When that happens, instead of just ignoring problems or trying to brush them away, we would do well to face the challenges straight on and turn them over to God. God has the power to resolve them and guide us in what steps we may need to take. The process may be difficult, but it is worthwhile. When we give God not only our praise but also our problems, our faith will be strengthened and we can regain a sense of peace.

Prayer: All=powerful God, help us to let go of our problems and distractions so we can focus on you and what's really important in life, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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