One of my favorite black and white movies is The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock. It is a 1963 American horror film that focuses on a series of sudden and unexplained violent bird attacks on the people of Bodega Bay, California over a few days.
Aggressive and eerily coordinated varieties of birds harass, intimidate, even kill people in this seaside town that distracts, debilitates, and destroy men, women, and property.
The birds have literally taken over the town. Birds are everywhere. Droppings would naturally dot the landscape, buildings, and cars. Flapping wings and screeching startle the townsfolk, and hundreds (even thousands) of birds congregating on wires, poles, clotheslines caused quite a scene. You could feel the chilling effect of raw fear as differing numbers of birds literally provoked and attacked people. It got to the point where men and women were afraid to go outside. With all the chirping and chattering, the activity of the town ground to a halt.
Hitchcock’s movie was a nail-biter the first time I saw it. But consider the reality of such an occurrence. We all have to deal with distractions, even fear at times. Like swooping sparrows, things in life can cause us to take our eyes off of the Lord Jesus and attempt to hinder and block our spiritual journey and health.
What are some possible distractions? How are they affecting your relationship with God?
Activities: If you are involved with too much stuff, you may get loaded down. One student told me he had to “fast” from Facebook and other social media each week, because it caused him too much frustration and sideways energy.
People: Besides classes and homework, too much engagement with people via email, text, phone, and “screen-time” may reduce the silence and solitude you need to re-charge.
Unfinished business: If you don’t keep up with homework and live out your daily/weekly priorities, it will come back to bite you in the backside (or flap in your face as an irritant).
Entertainment: I’ve seen students get mesmerized by their X-boxes, fantasy football leagues, binge-watching of a Netflix show, concert attendance, and TV shows, and they lost control of their lives and even health. They got addicted and it was hard to break it off to mere occasional enjoyment and a break from their normal stresses. They were trapped and some even in bondage.
Read Luke 10:38-42.
Jesus encountered two sisters one day, one of whom, Martha, was distracted by all of her hostess duties. Jesus looked at her and said to learn from her sister, Mary, who had chosen to take a few moments to sit and learn from Him. He said Martha was concerned about many things, but simply needed to learn from her sister Mary that only one thing was needed, to fix her eyes on Him (v 41-42). Likewise, all of us need to give time and attention to listen to Jesus.
Live communally. If you are distracted by flapping noise, ask another Christ follower to help you draw close to King Jesus. Don’t allow distractions to deter you from growing in Christ.
Love is a verb,
©2016 by Mike Olejarz