Driving to a neighboring city, I popped in a CD and listened to a sermon on marriage. Wishing I could take notes, I was thankful I’d be able to listen again another time. The pastor ended with prayer as I arrived at my destination.
Returning to my car later, I started it, plugged in my iphone to charge and began driving. Out of nowhere a loud unknown song came blaring out of my speakers. The radio was turned off the CD was over, so where was this song coming from? It was not from my playlist so it couldn’t be from my phone.
Pulling over to find the source, I was exasperated. I admit I am technology challenged, but for the life of me I could not comprehend how this was happening. There is a song playing that I have NOT chosen! I didn’t want to hear this, so what do I do?
Often, I experience the same thing with the enemy. Something happens and I become frustrated because I don’t know what to do. Circumstances, thoughts or emotions are booming at me and I don’t know why or often where they are coming from.
Satan has been having a heyday with me lately. He knows how to precisely get to me and exactly what will knock my feet right out from underneath me. The Bible warns me in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” It is his purpose and his goal to wreak havoc in my life. And to do so in a way that I am confused, frustrated and don’t know what to do.
However, I’ve caught on to his devices and changed my tactics. What did I do?
1. Sought help.
I am endeavoring to not do life alone. Seeking help from others brings clarity to situations that appear cloudy from my view point. But from their clear perspective I can trust their guidance to lead me out of the haze.
2. Learned a lesson.
Interestingly, I learned how I got into this situation. Because I had previously opened a link on my iphone, it automatically downloaded a music album. Just like the enemy, he gets an open door and begins pouring in things we would not or did not choose. Frustration and irritation take over because we don’t know how we got in this situation.
3. Closed the access point.
After finding the answer it was now my choice to take action. Am I going to continue to allow this to replay over and over or remove this unwanted source? How I wish that hitting a delete button and instantly erasing situations or thoughts could be so simple. Yet, I can trust the Lord when he says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them.” Psalm 91:14-15
Once again, I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw…..