In a Funk
By Christa Cottam
“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.” Proverbs 4:25
I was in a funk. And I was baffled by it. There was nothing blatantly wrong. In fact, my life was overflowing with blessings. I was healthy, had a wonderful husband, beautiful kids … the list went on and on. So then why did I feel so off?
Have you ever felt like that? You have every reason to count your blessings, but you can’t shake the feeling that something just isn’t right?
I love to listen to worship music in my car, but during my funk, even that proved frustrating. One day in particular, I impatiently flipped through radio stations. Once again, I found nothing worthwhile, so I shut off my radio in a huff. In the silence I heard God say to my heart, “You can't hear Me above the noise.”
The realization reverberated in my chest. I’d let the noise of life—the busyness and comfort of routine, drown out God. Without a strong connection to my power source—God—I’d begun to lose my fire. I’d been reading my Bible, praying, and serving at church, but without the fire of the Holy Spirit fueling me, it was like I was just going through the motions.
God showed me that I need to live in anticipation of what He’ll do next. Otherwise, I can become distracted by the noise of life. If I’m distracted, I stop looking for the ways He’s working around me, and I can no longer hear Him clearly. In fact, if I’m distracted enough, I can forget that I’m even supposed to be listening for His voice!
I believe we’ll all experience seasons of distraction. It’s our human nature! But it’s important to recognize when we’ve hit that place and diligently seek God.
That’s exactly what I did. I knelt and prayed for the Holy Spirit to fall fresh on me, to fill me up and light me "on-fire" again. And I asked others to pray those same prayers for me.
God loves when we seek Him with such earnestness. He was faithful to answer me, and I know He’ll do the same for you.
So, the next time you find yourself buried in the distractions of life, turn down the noise and pray for God to help you refocus on Him.
Christa Cottam is a spunky woman with a fire in her belly to tell others about Jesus—how He brought her from being held down by a past filled with shame, guilt and unforgiveness to embrace God’s love and ultimately find freedom to be the person He created her to be. She is passionate about encouraging women to go deeper in their relationship with God. Christa also uses her gifts in the arts and leadership to make kingdom impact at her church, serving as a worship leader and volunteering in women’s ministry.
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