God Uses Distractions

by | Sep 26, 2017 | West District Web Page, West District Newsletter

When I think about perspective, I am reminded of how many distractions occur in our daily living.

Distractions aren’t inherently bad, and God can certainly use distractions to prick our conscience into a greater attentiveness to God speaking into our hearts, minds and souls.

God is calling your name … speaking into your life … filling you with grace.

Please receive the following from Rueben P. Job:

“To hear God call our name awes us. To consider facing such an experience without trembling knees is unthinkable. To stand before the One, the author of all that exists, stretches our imaginations to the breaking point. Then to have that One speak our name transforms and changes life. Jesus too heard the voice from heaven saying what he already knew. He was God’s beloved. What a wonderful message! To be the beloved child of the Creator. To know one is loved like that transforms and prepares us for anything. Perhaps that is why the Gospels tell us that Jesus left the baptismal service and God’s affirming voice to go into the desert to be tempted by Satan. Jesus prevailed because he remembered the voice; he remembered who he was and who was with him. The biblical record clearly affirms the fact that God knows us and calls us by name as well. We are not strangers or aliens to God. We are each and all God’s beloved. We have as our lover the Creator and Master of all that exists. The One who calls us beloved is also the one who knows us so intimately and well that even the number of hairs on our head is known. To remember who creates us and recreates, who calls us again and again, who knows us completely, and who loves us unconditionally is to be prepared, as Jesus was, for all that is to come. We need have no fear of today or anxiety about tomorrow. We belong to God who claims us as beloved children and holds us close in the embrace of strength and love. Listen and remember today that God calls your name, and be transformed and sustained in all that awaits you.” – taken from A Guide to Prayer for All Who Walk with God

Sometimes, we become overwhelmed with just how to respond to all the needs which become part of our awareness, and we struggle to respond and offer support to each one.

The hope we have is that God continues to create in us, and that creation involves being stretched, startled, surprised, claimed, held, and embraced.

How is God calling your name today? In this season of ministry? In this part of your journey?

You are not alone. We are on this journey together.

Pause. Breath. Listen.

Your encouragement of one another is a witness to God always and already creating, sometimes through the distractions that come our way.

And, your good and faithful work is appreciated more than you can imagine.



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Author: Neil Leftwich

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