The King's Icy Little Red Homestead

Easily Distracted…

Over the last couple of weeks, our temperatures have ranged from the teens to 60°. This particular area of Ohio used to be a swamp. As a result, our backyard has fluctuated between a solid sheet of ice, a muddy slush, or a mud pool depending on the day.

I was not blessed with coordination. I probably trip at least once a day. Over my own two feet, dog toys, any uneven surface, or the cat when she silently slides under my feet. To this day when I’m out and about with Mom, she STILL tells me to “watch my step”. She reminds me of icy spots in the parking lot, steps, and any crack in the sidewalk.

So, going out to do the morning chores has been a challenge.

Every time I can make it to the back of the property, take care of the animals, and get back without falling is an accomplishment. However, within less than a week’s time I’ve fallen twice! Once on the ice and once in the mud.

Last Saturday Dad came out to help me with the chores. I heard an empty 5-gallon bucket fall and I spun around to make sure Dad didn’t fall. Then splat, I slipped on the ice and landed on my knees; bruising my right knee. Again. 😐 Then just the other day, I was walking back and forth in the muddy chicken yard, thought I saw a ginormous worm, and paused to take a second to look. My boot got stuck in the mud. When I tried to take another step again, I went splat. I almost lost my boot, ended up covered in mud from my knees down (thankfully the mud cushioned my right knee!), and had anyone been watching they would’ve gotten a good laugh watching me try to get up.

As I was thinking about this in light of the impending Winter weather I couldn’t help but notice that each time I fell I was distracted, lost my footing, and then fell. I was reminded that it’s SO incredibly easy for us to get distracted!

Everywhere we look distractions abound. We don’t have to look very far before we get swept up in something. Whether it be divisiveness, politics, or hobbies and extracurricular activities. We become so focused on what’s right in front of us that sometimes we miss the point. What we’re distracted by may not be a bad thing, but it becomes bad when that’s the sole thing we focus on. Our job in life is to know God and make Him known in whatever ways we can. We are told to do everything we do for HIS glory (Colossians 3:23).

We are supposed to be aware of what’s going on in the world around us. There WILL come a time when taking a stand is no longer an option but a necessity. Not just for us but for our kids and grandkids. But we don’t need to be SO caught up in the world’s affairs or hobbies, or anything else that we miss living life and end up tripping. We need to be in prayer continually seeking God’s will for every moment of every day and be open to His Spirit’s prodding (see Proverbs 16:9).

“My son, pay attention to my wisdom;
Lend your ear to my understanding,
That you may preserve discretion,
And your lips may keep knowledge”
~Proverbs 5:1-2

Until next time,
Bailey Sue

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