Spiritual Mosquitoes

Friday, April 1, 2022

Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 14

Bible in hand, I sit down ready to read. My occasional journal is ready for fresh ink. I come to these moments seeking God’s guidance.

Without speaking aloud I address God. “Lord, You are Sovereign. I am here to listen. I am your servant. My heart is open. My mind is ready. May the presence of Christ and your Spirit direct me.”

My spiritual strategy of heart-guarding also includes times of quiet when I don’t read or write. I am silent. I intentionally sit in a comfortable place, with my feet on the floor listening for words from the Spirit—gathering what I hope is spiritual discernment.

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The mosquito arrives, buzzing my left ear. A person rings our doorbell. Then, I forgot to turn off the phone. Its insistent ring reminds me I am meeting with a special person in a few hours. My memory flies to the thought that perhaps there’s been a change of plans. There’s that mosquito again.

My quiet plan to hear God shatters like an ice cube dropped from twenty feet. Pieces of my soul are every-where and no-where. I apologize to God promising myself that in the future I’ll do better at eliminating interruptions. Afterall, could there be value in spiritual interruptions?

The wisdom of seeking solitude draws from the model of Christ. Matthew records Christ’s attempt to avoid such disruptions in these words: “When Jesus heard what had happened [the arrest of John], he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick” (Matthew 14:13-14 emphasis added).

Life Application Questions

Do you believe there is a need for solitariness?

Can you identify the events leading up to Jesus’ search for a solitary place?

Was the withdrawal to a solitary place meant to benefit Jesus?

What could be the value of a spiritual interruption?

Thank you for reading. I appreciate your attentiveness to these posts.

Comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

9 thoughts on “Spiritual Mosquitoes

  1. I believe it is very important to have quiet time with the Father. It both keeps us plugged in and also keeps us accountable to Him. If we are having success in our ministries we can become fooled by it and inadvertently be distracted by and dependent on sources that are not God. This can lead to pride or burnout. Jesus said He is the vine and we are the branches, if we abide in Him….. If we are not making communion with the Father a priority, we are missing out on the best part of being His child.

    So many church leaders get caught up in scandal because they lost the intimacy with God. I believe that even doing “the Lord’s work” can be a distraction sometimes. Our responsibility is to be a Child of God first, and then an advocate. The more time we spend not hearing the voice of God, the harder it can be to hear it. His sheep know His voice, but it isn’t as clear when we are swimming in distractions. Even Paul was given a thorn to keep him humble and reliant on God. We too must come boldly to the throne and talk with our Father. Many people avoid the quiet time in prayer because of sin and shame. We deceive ourselves because the world thinks we are holy and righteous when in reality we are burdened with sin and regret.

    When we have a good prayer life we are kept humble and connected to the source. Then we can operate out of the compassion that Christ has. His burden is easy and we have to stay connected to walk in the Spirit. He is in us as a river not a lake, the more distractions we have the harder it is for the river to flow.

    God bless!

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