Today I started out on my walk, breathing in the sweet smell of early morning blossoms. I drank in the beauty of the majestic blue spruce trees reaching to the perfect sky. I eavesdropped on the call of one blue jay to another. It was a glorious morning.
Ready to start my time in prayer, I began with thanks to God for the beauty all around me. But then it started; the buzz of a horsefly as it flew near my ear. And again. It was circling my head as I walked. I tried to swat it away, but it was too fast. So I pulled the collar of my shirt up over my head so that only the eye of my sunglasses was showing. I must have looked like quite the sight. Unfortunately, this strategy not only didn’t work, it seemed to excite the pesky fly and I think he called for his friends. Three horseflies surrounded me now.
I returned my shirt to normal and began swatting again. It didn’t work. So I started to run, thinking I could get away. This didn’t deter them.
Aha, I thought of using my arms in helicopter motion, alternating my swings so that there was never any open opportunity for them to land on my head. I succeeded in hitting them, but I think it actually encouraged them to try harder. I was in a losing battle.
Funny thing, by this time I was a third of the way through my walk and I hadn’t even started my prayers. I was too busy focusing on the problem of these horseflies. I had ignored my Lord in favour of focusing on my problems.
I realized this and so I straightened my shirt and held my head up high with my arms naturally swinging by my side. I decided to ignore the horseflies and focus on God. I began my prayers.
By the time I had rounded the last corner to my home, the flies had lifted and I was free to walk without aggravation. Coincidence?
There are many times in my life when instead of focusing on God, I pay attention to the problem at hand. I put so much energy into fixing my situation that I ignore my Lord altogether. But God wants to be part of the solution. He wants me to spend my energies on Him.
When I set out on my walk tomorrow, I plan to start with an open heart and a clear focus on my Lord.