How many ways am I distracted to leave Your Presence?
– by shiny objects and activities around me; good things you’ve given me that I’ve allowed to become substitutes for You.
– by past hurts I won’t let You heal or my own faithless, future fantasies; devilish distortions I failed to take captive and surrender to You
– by theories and speculations; lofty opinions and envy, prideful perceptions and the cares of the world.
Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. (Psalm 73:23 ESV)