Distraction is that friend who calls to ask if you want to get ice-cream, when she knows you are on a diet.
Distraction is what defeats the attention of squirrels, cats, and toddlers.
In watching Youtube videos for a project on Shakespeare, I noticed a link in the top right corner of my laptop.
I tried to avoid it.
It taunted me.
At first it whispered.
Then, it was a loud scream.
I could not focus until I retreated from Shakespeare to click on the video, placed so perfectly in my way by Distraction.
This video was titled "Conversation with Michael Card." Posted in July 2014, I quickly realized that what Distraction meant for harm was actually quite positive for me.
It was exactly what I needed at this moment.
He speaks of his background in music and critics, but there are two main points in the 20-something minute interview by Dr. Jonathan Master at Cairn University that caught my attention.
I was struck by what Card says about lamenting and suffering. We tend to believe that worship is all about being positive and putting on a good show. However, many are hurting and struggling with pain.
Referencing his sister's grief with the death of two children and people who are hurting while living in a fallen world, Card says, "There is no place in the current worship movement for those people to offer up their confusion and their grief. But, when you turn the Bible, numerically, most of the Psalms are laments."
Worship can't be defined by outward emotion. It is a reverence toward God. There is no one way we should look or act. Struggling is not weakness.
Card also speaks of the term "Master" and how it was used in relation to Christ by members of a black church where he was discipled. His 1999 book "A Better Freedom: Finding Life as Slaves of Christ" is a result of much of this experience.
I'm reminded of why he remains of my favorite modern-day songwriters and teachers. Take some time to watch it. It's a wonderful conversation. Also, he does mention Shakespeare once.
Take that, Distraction!