by Paula Harrington
Cell phone reception is iffy at the camp where I’m a counselor every summer. So, I was shocked when a text message actually came through one hot afternoon.
One of my sweet students from school had been involved in a tragic accident. He had been airlifted to Vanderbilt hospital in Nashville and his prognosis didn’t look good.
In fact, due to the massive trauma, I didn’t think he would make it. He was barely six.
I broke down and cried at that text and asked my cabin to pray with me for him, as well. And for the next few days, I continued to pray and shed tears as I sent those texts hoping they would go through so I could hear some news of how he was.
It was several weeks before he was released from the hospital and you can imagine how excited I was to see him on the first day of school. Honestly, I’m still thrilled every time I see him and always sneak a quick hug so grateful that he’s there and well.
A million things were running through my mind one day recently when I noticed him coming towards me in the hall. I shot him a quick smile and was going to make my way past him when he stepped in front of me and said, “Mrs. Paula, you’re forgetting something important” and then he hugged me.
How many times do we get sucked into this crazy life and forget about the important things? If you’re like me, it’s more than it should be.
- We fret over what others think of us and fail to remember that the one who formed the mountains cares for us more than anyone ever will (I Peter 5:7).
- We get caught up in daily drama and neglect our mission (Matthew 28:19).
- We grow frustrated and angry with others and forget that we are the peacemakers (Matthew 5:9).
- We agonize over the condition of our nation, churches, and families and overlook the fact that God is holding our hands (Isaiah 41:13). He’s got this. He won’t fail us.
- We let disappointments get the best of us forgetting that what we think is the end, may actually be the beginning (Matthew 26:58).
- We forget to pray. We forget to study. We forget to love because our enemy is good at keeping us distracted. He constantly throws obstacles in our way hoping that we’ll lose sight of the important things and too often, we do.
I’m tired of allowing the Devil small victories here and there because I’m too preoccupied with the trivial.
Wake us up, Lord, and keep us focused. Help us not to forget what matters most.