I have mentioned on this blog before how much I love coffee…which makes what I did this morning all the more unbelievable. I went into the local coffee shop, ordered and paid for my coffee and walked out without it.
When I got to the building at work, I realized my error, and walked back down the rain-soaked streets of Manhattan to pick up my wares. I know exactly why this happened. For the past few days my mind has been filled with too many thoughts that have taken over my mind and have left me on autopilot for many of the ordinary things I do during the day. I have lost contact with the present moment due to worry, anxiety and stress.
The Bible does warn us against such things, and often God reminds us where our focus should be—on Him. However, lately, my mind has been focused on everything but where it should be, which is on God’s presence in my life. In St. Paul’s letter to the Phillippians, he writes, for example, “Don’t be anxious about anything, but pray in everything with thanksgiving. Then the uncomprehensible peace of God will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus” (4:6-7).
Thankfully, I have that quote posted on my desk to remind me of that. Do you ever find yourself so deluged with anxiety that you forget what is most important in life? Have you had an incident like mine caused by your wandering thoughts? Please share!