I walk in the door after being gone at work all day and it’s “Hey, Mom. Can I…..” I barely have one foot in the door and my arms are full of stuff. “Can I at least walk in the door?” I ask. Another kid says, “Hey, Mom, check this out!” And another, “Do you want to watch a movie with me?” Oh my word, I’m not 3 feet in the door. Can I turn around and go back out!!
The kids have been in their own little world. The house is relatively quiet. I sit down to write and study. Within in minutes I’ve got one looking over my shoulder, one asking to go on a walk, one wanting help with school work. I think kids have this antenna that alerts them when we are settled in to focus on something, talking on the phone or talking to an adult. The antenna alerts them that now would be a good time to interrupt whatever the adults are doing! It’s their gift. Some have refined their skills and their timing in uncanny.
One afternoon, I finally looked at my kids and said, “Ok. I need to write and finish my thoughts on this. I need for all of you to go to your rooms and not come out until I knock on your doors!” (Don’t worry. It wasn’t too much punishment. They had their phones!) In other words, turn off your antenna and leave me be for a while. That sounds bad and harsh but this momma needed some quiet! I just wanted to finish something. I was on a roll and didn’t want to stop. I had my mojo going! I was in the zone!
Interruptions can trigger a variety of responses. We can not avoid interruptions. Interruptions are inevitable in all we do, in all areas of our lives. Sometimes, I’m my own interruption! I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve walked into a room and have forgotten what I was going for. My own mind distracted me and interrupted my original train of thought. (Momitis! That’s what I’m going with!)
Needless to say, my mojo gets interrupted often. But really, where does my mojo come from? What is the source of my mojo? Where does my rhythm come from?
Psalms 32: 7-8 reads, “For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. The Lord Says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advice you and watchover you.”
Interruptions can become overwhelming when we feel like it’s one right after the other. When the overwhelming feelings creep in, I send myself to my room (or a quiet place away from distractions). I go to my hiding place, our Heavenly Father. He surrounds me with victory. Did you catch that, VICTORY! I am not defeated. I just need to take a breath and get my footing again. He is watching over me, guiding me, advising me. All I have to do is go to my quiet place in the shelter of His arms and soak in His presence.
Verse 7 states that He will protect me from trouble. This doesn’t mean we will not have trouble or hard times. He promises to protect us from trouble that could defeat us. He will not leave us. He will provide what we need to overcome the trouble instead of the trouble overcoming us! He is our protector and provider.
So, as interruptions come, and they will, take a deep breath and keep your mojo centered in Christ. He is the ultimate source of mojo!
By the way, I counted, I was interrupted 7 times while trying to write this blog! Hope it makes sense!!
Thanks for sharing a moment with me. We are in this together in Him.
P.S. I wrote the above on Monday. It is now Wednesday. I might have had an emotional moment of being overwhelmed today. The world around us is in constant motion. Things are constantly changing. I do my best to take the hand that is dealt and make the most of it. Today I had a moment of, “I don’t have it in me.” I felt overwhelmed of expectations and responsibilities. I had to put aside what I had planned and had preferred to do to take care of issues that were more pressing and bumped up on the priority list. I was feeling the pressure weighing me down.
I thought back to what I had written and came back to the scripture I had referenced. He is my hiding place. He will protect me. As I turn to Him, He lifts the weight off and peace rushes over me. I will not be overcome. I will not be defeated. My steps may be slow but I am taking the steps. My point: the struggle is real. It’s a day in day out, lift my face to our Father and hide in His shelter. He will show me the best path to take and will watch over me. Thank you Jesus! I am so thankful that You are watching over me.
(That was a long P.S.! Thanks for walking with me!)