I heard an old song, written for the Broadway musical A Little Night Music, today, Send In The Clowns. I usually won’t let myself listen to that song, but today I heard it with different ears. I thought about the meaning. During a circus performance, if something goes wrong they ‘send in the clowns’ to cause a distraction until what ever is going wrong can be righted. We are born with a purpose. God said to Jeremiah the prophet 1:5 “Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you: The same God that formed him, formed us and knows us personally, intimately.
Psalm 139:13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit-by-bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, the days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.
Luke 12:6-7 What’s the price of two or three pet canaries? Some loose change, right? But God never overlooks a single one. And he pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail—even numbering the hairs on your head! So don’t be intimidated by all this bully talk. You’re worth more than a million canaries. According to these scriptures God has valued us, since our conception.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. I accept all of those Words for myself and you should too!
If God has marvelous plans for us, it is Satan’s job to distract us, to lead us astray, to show us things that look more important or more fun, or make us feel that we are not recognized for the wonderful person we really are. Part of that song I’m speaking of says:” Just when I’d stopped opening doors, Finally knowing the one that I wanted was yours, Making my entrance again with my usual flair, Sure of my lines, No one is there”. I have felt that way in some circumstances of my life, no big deal, but if that happens to you spiritually, it means you have lost your dearest, most precious connection.
The clowns of this life may be entertaining for a while, but it is my hope that, if they have ever distracted me in the past, it will never happen again. Anytime a distraction gets between you and your worship of God, your service to Him, your life in the Spirit. Whatever, or whomever, in most cases, that distraction is, they are closer to God than you, because they got between you and Him.
Keep your eye on the prize, Know your goal and reach it. Isaiah 50:7 For the Lord GOD will help Me; Therefore I will not be disgraced; Therefore I have set My face like a flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed.
In your distraction is your destruction.