Distracted by Praise

I was driving home early this morning after dropping a friend off at someone’s house on the other side of town. The sun was just starting to peek over the horizon, as told by the dark blue skies slowly turning to orange at sea level. Surely God was reminding me that things were not as bad as they seemed.


It was a bit cold outside, and I had walked out of the house with a T-shirt and flip-flops, having woken up only 5 minutes before I had to leave the house. I would have woken up 2 minutes before I left the house but for the sound of our sick cat making a mess on the carpet next to our bed. This happens somewhere in our house almost every day, and no matter the remedies we try or the quarantines we set up during the day, at some point we have to let her out into the house. And when she gets into the dog food in the middle of the night, we know it’s going to be a particularly long day.

So, lately this has been a stressor for me, especially when I’m being woken up on a night of 4 hours of sleep on a weekend.

But, I’m watching this sunrise while driving east back home and the song “Worthy” by Elevation Worship is playing:

“Worthy is your name, Jesus. You deserve the praise, worthy is your name.”

It’s truly a song of worship, a reflection upon who Jesus is and what he has done for me. I hadn’t heard this song before, but I felt like I knew it only 2 minutes in. Colby Lehmann had spoken of the Trinity the previous Sunday: that Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and The Father are one, and they each are constantly honoring and glorifying each other.

Can I not do the same thing? When some days feel like I cannot stay above the surface, when everything around me is trying to sink me like an anchor, shouldn’t I be able to look to the aspect of God that is speaking to me in this moment and respond with worship?

The answer is “Yes.” In that moment, those simple words were enough to sing back to God, in the midst of all my stressors and my “problems,” and I was able to forget about everything but Jesus for that short little time. Jesus took my eyes and focused them on Him, which is all I needed and all Jesus wanted.

When I got home, I didn’t want the song to end, but as it did, I suddenly remembered I was tired and wanted to be back in bed. I walked inside the house, smelling the scent of the new fall candle we had purchased last night at Anthropologie, that had now burned for a couple hours. Even though the scent couldn’t quite carry to the bedroom bedside where I needed it, I blocked out the remains of the awful smell in the bedroom and quickly went back asleep.

An hour later I was awaken by the exact scenario that had unfolded just a couple of hours ago. Like I had said, it was going to be a long day. But, when I know that Jesus can distract me, I can anticipate those moments coming instead of the stressful moments that want to take me down.

In the midst of stressors and long days, we can let God distract us. He deserves the praise.

“... I saw only trouble and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord:...”

Psalm 116:3-4

About the Author: Jaret is originally from Sugar Land, TX, but moved to Ann Arbor with his wife after graduating from Texas A&M to be an engineer for Toyota. They now live in Ypsilanti and have a puppy for a child. Jaret loves community and making friends, and can’t get enough of these Michigan summers!