Last night as I walked along the sidewalk to our patio, I noticed the gross amount of slugs leaving their shiny traces all over everything and a few getting smashed on the bottom of my shoes. Nasty! Supposedly a beer poured into a pan will attract them to drown themselves. I did just that and this morning: TAH-DAH!! A gross amount of slugs have drowned themselves in beer.
When I look at that, I see myself. Not drowning in beer…I don’t like beer at all. Yet, I am so easily lured by the temptations and distractions of this world. Especially when I am overscheduled.
“My prayer is not that you take them out of the world, but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.”
John 17:15-16 (NIV)
There are temptations in every direction. A lack of focus for me. Constant thought interruptions. The path to be forged IS NOT EASY. The evil one can use anything to come at us. We become restless and tossed to and fro just like infants as scripture tells us.
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
Ephesians 4: 14-15
Evil will not win. I will saturate myself in Jesus! Starting with music. It really helps me draw nearer to the Lord and I have realized that I haven’t been listening to as much music lately. Distractions have drowned it out: household tasks, celebrations, writing lessons for the upcoming Honduras mission trip, wedding preparations, and departure for mission camp all within a few days. It is all good, but it is just too much.
Jesus music woos the power of the Holy Spirit in me. And in you. A playlist that is just perfect:
The song that plays first is one I learned at Passion 2017: Build My Life by Housefires III. And the lyrics are exactly what I need to sing on repeat.
I will build my life upon Your love
It is a firm foundation
I will put my trust in You alone
And I will not be shaken
Songwriters: Pat Barrett / Kirby Kaple / Karl Martin / Matt Redman / Brett Younker
Build My Life (Live) lyrics Copyright Capitol Christian Music Group
Lord, help me fortify the foundation that you have given me. Guide me in saturating myself in your love, your word, and yours ways. Order my life SO THAT I can continually operate in the victory you provide through King Jesus!
Do you see a little bit of yourself in that pan of drowned slugs? Drawn to something that can easily drown you? Know that I am praying for you in hopes that the truth in this song and the wooing of the Holy Spirit will settle you and give you renewed direction needed for today.