“We are perplexed, but not driven to despair” 2 Corinthians 4:8
I’ve been trying to blog for two weeks, but I keep getting interrupted. There is nothing more frustrating than to have a head full of “brilliant” thoughts, then something or someone interrupts, and you can’t seem to get your traction back.
Interruptions are always unexpected. The very definition is “to cause a break or discontinuance; interfere with action or speech.” Many of these interruptions (actually most of them) feel like burdens. They leave me frustrated and out of patience. I become snippy and discontent with the day. However, none of these interruptions catch God off guard; as if He turned away for a moment. They are certainly not random events or distractions in my life. God uses these interruptions to change me. He uses the unexpected surprises, the interruptions, as a way to make me into the likeness of Christ.
Charles Spurgeon calls our life interruptions, “divine appointments”. He goes on to say “That which is to our divine appointment should be to our contentment.”
So when someone looses her keys, requiring you to stop everything and run her a second set; divine appointment. When the phone rings and a friend needs to cry on my shoulder; divine appointment. When an emergency requires me to sit with someone’s child; divine appointment. When the air conditioner breaks and you can’t use part of the house; divine appointment. When traffic is heavy, construction closes a lane and now I’ll be late; divine appointment. When the stomach flu hits and you have to do six extra loads of laundry; divine appointment.
1 Thessalonians 5:18, “Give thanks in all circumstances.” EVEN the circumstances that interrupt my best plans and intentions? I know there are a lot of people who would trade my worst day for their best day. I know that, yet I can so easily loose sight of the grace and zoom in on the hard and unplanned things. There is this magnifying lens that seems to amplify what is being lost in the middle of an interruption; time, money, sleep, peace, my sanity. I react with frustration and anger and stomp my feet like a toddler! (Not on the outside…usually) I blame others for the inconvenience their interruptions are causing me!
But I desperately want my life to proclaim the beauty of God’s goodness in the middle of my every day reality. I want to model a deep faith and trust in God’s sovereign hand in my life, especially in the center of interruptions. When my eyes are forced to turn back to His face, I can see interruptions as divinely placed evidence of grace.
“Interruption is God’s invitation. God is inviting us to see him all around us, in the lives of others, in our conversations, in our serving those in need. Interruption is not simply a matter of our heart developing patience; it’s about experiencing true life. It is one of God’s ways of waking us up to what’s around us to see there’s more to be done than our self-appointed tasks for the day, as important as they may seem.” ~Joseph Tenney
On May 25th, God invited us into one of the saddest interruptions our family has ever experienced. He disrupted our busy lives, cluttered our chaos and imparted on us a very tangible picture of the utter dependence we have on Him. He interrupted our home with a beautiful reminder that our lives are not our own. This “interruption” to my every day life, illuminated the heart of God’s eternal, extravagant everyday desire to sees my life look more like Jesus. What unexpected evidence of grace!
“As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.” Psalms 17:15