Distractions. They’re everywhere, whether self-imposed or coming at you a hundred miles per hour. As I was driving home for lunch the other day, something suddenly distracted me. Near the bus shelter was a woman lying on the ground. Because there were already two people helping her, my thoughts gravitated to my comfort zone. I was already several blocks past the area. My lunch was waiting for me. I’m not much help physically. I came up with all sorts of reasons to ignore this distraction to my routine.
Until…a louder inner voice reminded me that those excuses were actually the distractions. Distractions that would keep me from serving others right where I was and loving my neighbor.
As I arrived back at the scene, I discovered the people who had stopped to render aid had called 911 and were talking to the woman who was sitting upright explaining her health issues. They asked if I could stay with her because they had somewhere they really needed to be. My purpose became clear - companionship and comfort while waiting for the paramedics.
Today’s scripture fits perfectly with this week’s Undistracted focus, “Undistracted in Our Service.” From Luke 3 (NRSVUE), "And the crowds asked him, “What, then, should we do?” In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none, and whoever has food must do likewise.” In other words, loving God also means loving and serving others, right where you are in whatever way you can.
I often allow distractions to get in the way of loving God and others. But that day, I was so grateful God’s nudge steered me back to the woman in need. As the two of us sat in the grass watching the worldly chaos drive by, it all became clear. God’s people need each other. May we not allow self-centered distractions get in our way.
Question for Reflection:
- How do you respond when your plans are disrupted?
Loving God, help us not be so distracted that we miss experiencing the beauty of serving others. If we truly love you, may our actions to love others happen without hesitation. Amen.