"Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!” - Matthew 26:4 (NLT)
Not all distractions are bad. Some distractions are God trying to get your attention.
If you’re following Forholy’s page on Instagram or Tiktok, you’d know that I post new videos almost every day.
What you may not know is that there’s a lot that happens in creating those videos.
I don’t record in a fancy soundproof studio with expensive audio equipment. It’s just me (and 2 other awesome people occasionally), my camera, and all the outside noise in New York City.
So while I’m recording, as if on cue, I often get interrupted by an ambulance siren outside. It annoys me and my patience wears thin for the (long!) sixty seconds it takes to get out of range.
Whether it’s people talking as they walk by the window, a car driving by blasting (insanely loud) music, or a siren, every sound causes me to start over and wait until it passes.
But the other day I had a thought:
The ambulance has its siren on because there’s someone in need. What if I took those moments of frustration and turned them into moments of prayer for the situation?—whatever it may be.
God often teaches us lessons in the most unusual ways. Sometimes we get so focused on doing that we forget to be who God called us to be in those moments that test our patience.
The God who blesses you is the same God who will let your plans be interrupted to get you to refocus on Him.
What if the very situation you're trying to change in your life is what God is trying to use to change you?—to prepare, develop, and make you stronger.
I'm reminded of Matthew 26:36-46. Jesus went to pray in Gethsemane and asked a few of his disciples to keep watch. Every time he came back, he found them sleeping.
He was trying to prepare them for what was about to happen, but they couldn't keep their eyes open.
"Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!” - Matthew 26:4
God may be trying to prepare you for what He's about to do in your life. But even with a willing heart, you can lose focus on what matters most.
Your plans, agendas, and goals can overpower your desire to obey God if you don't stay spiritually vigilant. So my challenge for you today is to turn your moments of frustration into an opportunity to pray for someone else.
There’s always someone who needs your prayers.
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