Readings: Zechariah 9:9-12, Romans 7:14-25a, Matthew 11:25-30
This heading popped up on my work email, “SOS Today only: Save up to 50% on Rubber Ducks.” Thanks for the SOS, but I don’t need any rubber ducks today. I have ordered them before though - little ducks with graduation caps that floated in our pool during our daughter’s graduation party. We supported a hospital fundraiser that used rubber ducks to “race” through the canal, with prizes going to the fastest ducks’ donors. Someone from our Sunday School actually won a real truck in that fundraiser! See how easy it is for me to get distracted? In Sunday’s reading from Romans, Paul says, “For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out…So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.” So, I desired to write a compelling devotion, yet I got caught up in thinking about rubber ducks. Although rubber ducks aren’t evil, the distracted thoughts kept me from thinking about Christ, or better yet, working for Him. How subtle the distraction of television and internet can be. Like Paul, I find evil is right there with me, and it is not always big and scary; evil is often a quiet distraction for me, when mixed with a little laziness and some selfishness it can pull my mind away from the godly things I should be thinking about and doing. It’s time to take control of my mind with the Spirit’s help! No more thinking about rubber ducks today. Oh, did you see that Amazon sells a Martin Luther rubber duck?! But, I digress, again. God bless your endeavors to focus on Jesus, Who always answers our SOS!