Peaceful Distractions

3 How long will you assault me?
Would all of you throw me down—
this leaning wall, this tottering fence?
4 Surely they intend to topple me
from my lofty place;
they take delight in lies.
With their mouths they bless,
but in their hearts they curse. Psalm 62:3-4

David is again addressing the rebellion. He knows that their time will end soon. In the context of the verses before and after, you can see why he’s in turmoil inside. His soul is not at rest but he longs for that in the midst of what’s happening around him.

We do this all the time, don’t we? We want to have peace and tranquility but there are just so many distractions, some good and some bad. They are distractions nonetheless.

We live in a world of constant distraction. Yet we still need to find peace. Even if we resolved some of the distractions, others would find us. So the key then is to somehow integrate the distractions into that peace and tranquility. Or better yet, inject the peace into our distractions.

What does that look like?

  • It’s praying for your co-workers as they talk to you.
  • It’s praying for the people in the accidents you see on the highway.
  • It’s crying out to God when you hear your son or daughter has run away.
  • It’s walking away from that conversation you know will get you in trouble if you pursue it.

The list of ways we can add peace to non-peaceful situations is endless. It takes a conscious effort to do that, but the “value” it brings to the situation is priceless.

One response to “Peaceful Distractions”

  1. amen – when I was homeless – it was the most peaceful time in my life – I knew I had nothing – no more pretending or doing things to make people think I was okay – just nothing – I no longer cared about putting on airs…..I just cried out to God that I had nothing and in turning to him in my despair – like David – I truly found peace – but the world would have us believe that if we could just pay all our bills, have a nice house, a nice car – etc, that we could really have peace – and we both know where that lie comes from don’t we? 🙂

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