I received a letter from a friend, a young man with a wife and two small children, telling me he is being careful not to spend too much of his time fixing and changing small things around his new house. I could identify with that. Having just sold 2 houses and moved in to a new one, I know a lot about these things. Since moving in our ‘new’ home, we have been occupied with making it ‘ours’ (new paint, carpets, blinds, landscaping), in addition to the regular things that occupy our attention. Yesterday was a day of extreme occupation, and distraction, for me—with many unexpected activities, as well as those that were planned (several frustrating calls to IRS, DMV and Social Security).
How did I handle it? Well, in baseball jargon, I
choked (a choker underperforms under pressure). Jesus said, “the worries of this life… and the desires for other things…
choke the Word, making it unfruitful” (Mar 4:19). Note that is not things, but
our “desire for things” (in my case, for order and routine). Not to
worry. I'm praying that today when these things pop up, like a fly ball, instead of choking, I will draw upon the strength of His Word, and 'catch' them before I choke; and rather I might choke them to death! (Gal. 5:24)