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Seeing Important

But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. Jeremiah 17:7 (NLT)

Everyday there seems to be something. Lately, it feels like there are a ton of “somethings” going on at work. Honestly, it’s like a minion is in the middle of things stirring the pot. And now that I say that out loud, it’s probably true. Satan likes to distract me from what is important. So, he does stuff. He’s a pain in the-you-know-what.

Anyway, yesterday started out as a pretty calm day. There were things I needed to do (as in required) for work but I could not get my brain engaged in the tedious tasks at hand. So, I did what every good procrastinator does; I did other things.

At 4, I was scheduled to spend time with someone who needed human interaction. Today is her birthday so we decided to meet up and walk together. At 3, chaos erupted. My stress level climbed, and I was trying to get a ton of things done before I left the office.

I managed to eek out a prayer as I arrived late to the walk, but God was good. We walked and talked, and it was really nice to catch up. I got back home to more chaos and another scheduled meeting at 7 via Zoom. I quickly went into my office and spun out a few emails trying to control the earlier chaos and then downstairs to set up a separate Zoom meeting for my husband before rushing to start mine. In this chaos, I became overwhelmed and went into “get the tasks done” mode. I am very task oriented. It’s my natural bend to put tasks on a priority list while sometimes completely missing the people involved in those tasks.

As I was rushing to finish one task so I could start the meeting at 7, I completely did not acknowledge someone standing in the very same room I was working in. Walked right past him. Did not say hi. Did not even look up. This morning when I woke up, God brought this to my mind with the overwhelming feeling that I needed to spend time praying.

The evening before had been a whirlwind of activity. I had stuff to do and I needed to get it done on a timetable. I succeeded in that, but I failed in the most important thing we are given to do each day; Love one another.

As I knelt there and rested in Jesus, I asked God (again) to help me with this. There should never be anything happening in my life that causes me to “not see” someone standing in the same room with me. And if I have given my tasks and my day to God, I can rest knowing things will get done the way he wants them to be done. I can stay focused on the people….the most important thing.

As I knelt there this morning, I realized that this is an area I need to grow in. When things get hectic, wait….I should say when things get more hectic, I need to stop, drop and pray. I need to trust that God’s hand is all over my day. I need to have confidence in what he will do and let go of what I think I need to do. When I open my eyes again, I will see more clearly what should always be my focus; God’s children.

This is a journey for me but God is faithful. As Philippians 1:6 says God’s got this until the day Jesus comes.

–Elaine (thought4theday.com)

Written by Diane Levy

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