The house will be in flames from the gas burner that ignited in flames. I will stand there remembering I forgot to put the pot with the green beans on the burner.
I was reminded about distractions the other day as our new housedog, a puppy yet just under a year, was taken out to do her duties.
The spring air was fresh and she frolicked around like she’s never seen the sun in her life.
While she was on her way to (piddle)
She got distracted by a butterfly.
She chased it wherever it went and forgot all about the urgent needs that compelled her to go outside in the first place.
An innocent distraction.
About a week before, the same puppy was distracted by a bird that swooped down on top of her. She followed that thing to a place she’d never gone before
Yep, little Pollyanna followed that thing right across the road where big ole’ semis go whizzing past.
A could-have-been-deadly distraction.
As I’ve watched our innocent little house dog in these moments, I’ve been reminded of how easily we get distracted by little things so seemingly harmless.
Just like birds and butterflies, beautiful things that can take our eyes and focus off the important and safe things of life.
How easily it is for us to chase after those distractions with such fervor it, our sensibility to danger goes right out the window.
I’d like to think I’m a butterfly chaser, enjoying life as I experience it around me,
just like little Polly-puppie on a bright spring day.
But a butterfly-chaser can also be a bird chaser……following something fanciful right into the face of danger. (Honk Honk little doggie on the road!)
For me, I realize I have to be more and more intentional to make sure I’m leashed to the things that prevent me from chasing after the wrong things.
Living life on the fly can be too risky when a fun little butterfly comes flitting our way, distracting us from what’s most important.