This weekend was a fun one. Rain, wind and mud were all part of the equation while we lifted sugar beets to bring to the piler. On a few of our truck trips to the piler, we brought a little guy (a cousin’s sons who really enjoy tractors and trucks) to ride with us. Along one of these trips, my husband and I happened to catch one youngster moving his head back and forth to the beat of the windshield wipers. We smiled secretly to one another and then giggled about it later. We remembered how when we were younger we used to do the same thing!
The young man’s cute little moment (at least to us) reminded me that sometimes I can get so locked into focus on one thing and zone out everything else going on around me. I might ignore the going-ons around me without even knowing it. And inadvertently I become lost in something that I never intended to take me over. It is a distraction that I did not intend to to take me over.
This can happen slowly or quickly, all without myself even realizing it. The more we busy ourselves with things in life, the more tired and distracted we can become. We can become weary and lose sight of the Lord and His calling in our lives.
But God calls us to serve Him with the whole of our hearts, focusing on Him and His Son alone.
“Pay close attention to yourself and to our teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.” -1 Timothy 4:16
You see, these distractions take our focus off of the Lord, and then that focus goes somewhere else. And the Lord reminds us in His Word that we are to continually be setting our mind on things greater than those on earth.
“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” -Colossians 3:1-2
So now on, instead of being distracted by those windshield wipers when it rains, remember that they can be used to wipe away the distractions and clear your view of what is in front of you so you don’t miss the wonderful plans of the Lord!
Also…here are some other sugar beet photos from pre-pile in September and from this past weekend!