Matthew 14:29-31New Living Translation (NLT)
So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.31 Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”
Storms will come.
This scripture is about faith, but it is also about distractions. As long as Peter kept his focus on Jesus he could do the miraculous. In this journey of the simplified life, distractions must be brought to a minimum. Of course, there are things not under our control, but much of what distracts us is the byproduct of our choices. Choices that lead to self-sabotage.
My biggest distractor -and I’m not alone -is the amount of connectivity I have to the world through gadgets. They can be a useful tool. For example, I am dictating this post into my phone. But checking the screen every time there’s a ding, using it as a replacement for memory or connecting with it instead of real people, are simple illustrations of it being a task master. When problems arise, do we go to our phones or to our knees?
Storms will come.
Like Peter, if not affixed, we lose sight of Jesus too. The side effects are quite deleterious. The sequelae, a lack of faith. We check with our gadgets and TVs and computers and Facebook posts and apps to see if we were in right standing instead of checking with the One who knows. We get distracted and start to sink. We sink under the weight of the problems presented. Problems we were never meant to carry.
Philippians 4 tells us exactly where our focus and thoughts should be.
Philippians 4:8 New Living Translation (NLT)
8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Are these the thoughts that fill our days? Our conversations? Our prayers? Our minds?
Or are our thoughts crowded with Faustian ideals?
I don’t want to spend another day with more time fixed on a gadget than time I spend in prayer. Let us be slaves to it no longer.
Be well, Beloved.