Last night we did battle in a big mall (well actually I have seen it worse!) – our mission was to buy a bike for a bike chaser. A little boy we know, whose late Dad was my husband’s best friend, is apparently driving his family mad up in a village in Malawi – every time someone goes past on a bike he runs after them. The kid is obsessed with bikes. Everything in that little five year olds heart comes alive and causes his little legs to run hard when he sees a bike. So my big hearted hubby at the last minute, when the shops are close to closing, set out on his mission to make a wee boy called Blessing happy.
Interesting my husband is a bit similar to Blessings. When Ramos sees a truck or a big pick-up his head is turned. We can be driving along chatting away when he goes silent or the head turns and I know he has spotted a truck without looking. Sometimes he say to me, “Wow, did you see that?” and frankly I didn’t! At least I can be assured that his head only turns for trucks and not beautiful women!
What makes my head turn and distract me from what I’m doing? Sometimes it feels like we live our lives life Guinea Fowl – have you ever seen a flock of Guinea Fowl? They run all in one direction and then suddenly on changes and they all run in the new direction. They repeat this all day and you can get tired and dizzy just watching them. The promise of get fit fast, the latest book to boost your blog, the ten things you must do to be a super-dooper Christian, the got-to-haves and the got-to-does; so many things to distract us and send us running in another direction.
As the business of the Christmas season closes in around us it gets harder and harder to focus on Advent – the coming of Jesus, our Saviour. We are so easily distractible that we need to make an effort – it is not something that comes naturally to us.
Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
We need to keep our focus and put on spiritual blinkers. Lord in the midst of the chaos and distractions help me to keep my eyes on you – that I may see Jesus this Christmas time.