Welcome to my blog! I hope to fill this spot with both travel articles, inspirational pieces and my photography. Hopefully, you’ll choose to read both. I love to travel and experience the world, whether it’s in my own hometown or across the globe. I also love to study and learn more about our awesome God and His plans for me and this amazing world He has created. So, if these interests are up your alley too – join me for some thoughtful “ramblings” from a Joyful Writer.
This demon sits in the foyer of the Paris theater in
Epcot at Disney World.It's a copy of
one of the gargoyles on the famous Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.I've always thought he's kind of quirky
because he's sticking his tongue out and holding his cheeks as if to tauntingly
say, "Na-ne, na-ne, boo-boo." He even pulled me in to join his playful
The demon appears to be playful (and the one at Disney
is), but when it comes to appearances of real underworld creatures -- they are
well-known to be deceiving.Is Satan
himself not characterized as transforming himself into "an angel of
light?" 2 Corinthians 11:14.Do not
be deceived -- real demons are never playful!
I'm labeling this demon "Distraction."Do you ever try to spend time in prayer and
soon find yourself lost on a rabbit trail, wondering how on earth you got
there? Have you ever found yourself
sitting in church with your mind a hundred miles away?That would be the demon Distraction at work
and doing a pretty effective job, I have to say.
We might be tempted to say, "Well, being distracted
is not really a sin, is it?And, if it
is, it's really not that bad."Guess who just tempted you to say that!When you look at a list of sins, being distracted seems rather tame and
-- let's face it -- it's something we're all guilty of doing daily (at least it
seems so in my case).
Distractions appear innocuous.After all, we're usually distracted to do
good things - like when I'm doing my Bible study, I'm sometimes distracted to put in a
load of washing, then to go make up the bed, then to --- the list goes on of
housework that I really do need to do and pretty soon I've given up on finishing the portion of study I was doing. Distraction pulled me away from bigger and better things than housework, which should have waited until the Lord had
completed the work He had for me during that particular time of Bible
study.This is how it goes -- all day
long.This is a far larger problem than
we realize (which shows again that this demon does a very good job).
I'm borrowing from an earlier piece on Distraction,
because it applies so well here.God
says in Proverbs 4:25-27:"Let your
eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you.Ponder the path of your feet, and let all
your ways be established.Do not turn to
the right or the left; remove your foot from evil."
Distractions, although usually innocent in themselves,
can do a lot of harm to our spiritual lives.They can keep us from seeing the bigger, better picture God wants us to
see by catching our attention and causing us to concentrate on smaller, less
significant objects.Distractions can
keep us from building a deeper relationship with our heavenly Father.Christopher Columbus once said, "By
prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at
his chosen goal or destination."
What is your spiritual goal?Is it to know God more and better?As our old friend Chris points out, prevail
over the demon Distraction and you will arrive at that goal.The prophet Jeremiah echoes that sentiment in
29:13-14:"And you will seek Me and
find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,
says the Lord..."