Then, on top of all that, there are all of these interruptions! I much prefer having some carefully defined tasks. Write this sermon. Prepare a Bible study. Go visit a couple of people in the hospital. Those are good, because I know how to start, and I know how to complete those tasks. And best of all(!), I can do them by myself. I do not have to depend upon anyone else to work with me on those tasks. It feels good to have tasks like that, because I can feel like I have control over the situation and can take charge of my own success. But that is not where I find myself at this minute.
When I am feeling like this, I have to remind myself of the old story told by Henri Nouwen. Nouwen was a priest and theology professor who died in 1996. In the 1960s, he was a professor at Notre Dame University. He visited an older professor one day, and they began to discuss their work at the University. The older man turned melancholy and said to Nouwen, "For many years I constantly complained that my work was being interrupted. But as last, too late, I realized that the interruptions were my work." I often think back to that, because it reminds me of something important. If my work is not about tasks, but about people; and if my work is not "mine" but is actually God's work, then all the interruptions that come my way just might be my real work. I need to keep reminding myself that even if I feel scattered, God is calm and is setting me towards His good purposes.
So when you are feeling scattered, I have some recommendations. First, pray. It could be that there is more going on than you realize. Pray that God will open your eyes to see what it is that you need to see. Then, pray that God will give you a spirit of calm patience to wait for things to start to fall into their proper places.
Then, don't try to do more than you can do. Pick up one piece at a time and put it into place. Then pick up another piece. Be patient with things not getting done as quickly as you would like them to be done. Just keep working steadily, trusting that God will help things get to where they need to be. To get frustrated and to rush about trying to do everything by yourself rarely leads to good outcomes. It is like when the 162-pound shortstop decides to win the game by swinging for a home run and winds up striking out. He could have tried for a single, and let the 210-pound bruiser hit the home run, but no, because he could not trust his teammate, he failed to do his job. Our gracious God is trustworthy. Hit the single that is your job to do, and trust that God will do God's part.