I just couldn’t understand it. Where was this traffic coming from?
I expected to encounter the regular early morning traffic; but not this amount of traffic!
The minutes dragged along slowly; much to the displeasure of Al (my husband), who was concerned about being late for work. Yet, there was very little movement with each passing minute.
Maybe it was an accident or a vehicle experiencing vehicular problems smack in the middle of the road that was preventing the regular flow of traffic. There had to be a block in our path that was preventing progress!
After a few more minutes of traffic we passed a group of Chinese men with several instruments preparing to do some major road work along Mandela Highway.
They were busy chatting on the sidewalk.
We observed that as persons passed by in their vehicles they slowed down to look at the Chinese men who were gathered and in so doing caused the build up of traffic. As soon as we passed them however the traffic flowed freely.
We drove on in utter disbelief. Seriously?!
We were held up in traffic because people slowed down to see what the Chinese men were doing?!
Talk about being distracted!
We could have been so much farther along the journey if others hadn’t been distracted before us.
This incident reminded me of an important fact: distractions cause serious delays to our destinies.
Distractions come in the unlikeliest forms. Sometimes we do not even recognize that we are being distracted because the “distractor” comes in the midst of our daily routine so we believe it’s the norm.
Sometimes the distractor is our thoughts; fearful thoughts, anxious thoughts, thoughts of disbelief and even failure. We often spend time entertaining these thoughts and fail to realise that the more time spent doing this, is the more immobilised we become. Until we renew our thinking process to be aligned with what God thinks about us and our vision we are contributing to the delays experienced along the journey.
At other times the distractor are persons around us who can’t see the vision that God has shown us for our lives. They often have very little or no encouragement to offer and they believe that our visions are mere dreams and will never amount to much. They sometimes believe that our dreams are folly because they believe that we should be pursuing their vision for our lives. Their disbelief and discouragement often sow seeds of unbelief in our lives which can eventually rob us of our passion for our ministry, our jobs, our talents and gifting.
While in other cases distractors take the form of circumstances and situations that we are unable to change. These are situations such as a job loss, broken relationships and decisions or paths that others have taken that we are in disagreement with. They often cause our attention to be shifted from our vision and diverted to the situation at hand but these pitfalls or troubles as we refer to them serve a purpose. They help to build the necessary character traits required for our journey ahead and since we can’t change them, let us try and change our responses to them.
Instead of being angry about the different situations we can be prayerful. “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16). Instead of being anxious be determined to exercise faith. Keep hope alive. “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)
Instead of becoming doubtful and fearful about your purpose because of the situations you face, rely on God’s strength to see you through. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
Don’t get side tracked! Keep your vision on what’s ahead! Let your thoughts align itself with the vision- be positive! Ignore the doubters and the naysayers- lovingly avoid them if you can; if you can’t limit your interactions with them. However be sure that this is God’s will for your life. Change your responses to life’s curve balls! Be determined to be a better person because of the situation!
Distractions temporarily take your eyes off your destiny. Keep the focus! You are too close to winning!
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