DON’T GET DISTRACTED, FINISH THE RACE
I had a dream the other night. I dreamed I was competing in a cross country race. And when I say cross country, I mean we were racing ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
And lucky for me, this course ran right by my house.
I was easily in first place so I said to myself ‘I think I’ll stop by the house and change my shoes.’
I had a pair of shoes that just looked fabulous on me. I thought to myself, these shoes will be perfect for when I cross that finish line.
I dug around in my closet for what felt like HOURS. I had a treasure trove of cool looking shoes but each time I tried a pair on, they were either too big or too small. One was too dirty and another didn’t match my outfit.
I feel like I wasted hours and hours searching for these cute shoes. I finally gave up on finding those shoes and when I walked back outside I had this sudden KNOWING that others had passed me in the race and I was in 5 th place.
Then with with a loud GASP, I woke up my dream.
And I heard the Lord say: DON’T GET DISTRACTED. FINISH THE RACE!
😢 I had allowed myself to get distracted by a pair of cute shoes. ☹️
I believe this is a Word From the Lord for ALL OF US! Don’t get distracted! Finish the race!
I know! There are so many distractions out there! What a perfect opportunity to “hunker down with Jesus”, as my pastor would say.
When the things of this world overwhelm us or sadden us or anger us, we must turn our eyes and our hearts to the ONE who overcame the world. (John 16:33)
Mere days ago, as I was about to go into my secret place to pray, I received a phone call that created a tornado of anxiety within me. As I tried to work through this life problem and find a solution, I began to feel my inner peace slip away. As the minutes ticked away, the tornado within me, grew in intensity.
And then, I heard that still small voice “It’s just a distraction”
Revelation hit as I remembered what I was supposed to be doing…PRAYING. I grin and say ‘Nice try, satan. You lose…AGAIN!’ 🤣 I immediately go into my “prayer closet” and pray over my assigned areas of concern.
As I pray, I begin to feel my spirit soar. Holy Spirit empowers me and gives me His Words to prophesy over the nations. There is power in His Words.
And then, I end this prayer session by giving Abba Father my own life problem. I will trust Him with the solution. I am saturated with that peace that transcends ALL UNDERSTANDING.
Instead, in every situation with prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God. And the peace that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6
The following day, the Lord unfolded the solution to my life problem. And with His perfect plan, He brought peace and a godly determination to everyone who will be involved in the solution. Praise and glory to you,Lord!!
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.1 Peter 5:8-9 NIV
Lord, I thank you for gently pulling me out of my own head time and time again. Thank You, that each trial I experience brings me closer to You. With each trial, You are training me to hear Your voice. With each trial, I am learning to quickly give it to You and leave it in Your Mighty Hands. I trust that You will fight my battles for me and show me how to walk out the solutions You provide.
With each day, I am determined to NOT GET DISTRACTED AND I WILL FINISH THE RACE!
Thank You for Your unending GRACE.
Seek His Goodness