Thursday, January 21, 2010

Life Interrupted

From Each Day....
How do you deal with interruptions? Do you get mad? Do you yell and scream in anger? Interruptions are a part of life. When the snow falls and school is delayed making you late for work, how do your respond? Your in a car accident, hitting a deer do you get mad at God because he is ultimately responsible? Interruptions come into our live, deal with it.  It is what it is.

Some interruptions are much bigger.. A death of a family member, a sick child, divorce. Responding correctly can be hard. You can blame GOD because he is the fault or cause but those interruptions can be an invitation from GOD to trust him. You can ask him why, but you may never get an answer. What you can do is lean in closer and embrace him or let him embrace you.
I have a very dear friend who is dealing with a very big interruption. It seams trivial to refer to it as an interruption because it is anything but trivial.  She is responding with grace. Embracing the interruption.

Our God can be trusted and he is bigger than any interruption. GOD has a plan and a purpose in all of our lives and if we respond we get to see that unveil. I think often about what Gods plan is for her and her family. She is touching people daily with dignity  and grace. Maybe his plan is to get her through this interruption whole glorifying GOD.

If we live in anger we will never see that invitation to trust. I am sure there is anger and frustration but he will get her through this with peace in her heart.

A myth is that if I choose to follow CHRIST he will bless me, nothing bad will happen in my life. Or if I follow CHRIST the devil will work his ways and terrible things will happen. What does happen is God invites us into HIS life, to be a part of HIS story and it will not go the way you think.

Exodus 3
Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, "I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn."So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, "Moses, Moses!" And he said, "Here I am." Then He said, "Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground." Moreover He said, "I am the God of your father; the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.

God brings burning bushes to our life.

Expect Interruptions.
James 1:2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  
Interruptions will happen , not if they will happen. Some are life altering, some are not and it is not likely that you and I will be asked to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt.

Embrace the Interruption
James 1:3-4 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything
The interruptions will let you know what you are  made of and the way to get to maturity is through hard times. If it always comes easy you will never grow. That is what we do in the interruption and you know GOD is going to get you through it. Lean into GOD and trust him and he will carry you through the interruption and he will never forsake you.

What is the major interruption that GOD carried you through?
Will you do it differently next time?
How do you embrace those interruptions?

Interruptions can make you better or bitter. No one wants to be around a bitter person.

When the next interruption happens ask 5 questions.
1. What am I  doing? Are you standing on Holy ground like Moses?
2.What do you want me to do? Be an encourager...look around.
3. What do you want to do in me?  God controls your life. He is the Pilot. NOT the co-pilot.
4. God, who do you want me to meet?
5. How can God be glorified in this?

Sometimes GOD will wreak havoc with your plan because he has a better plan.


  1. what a wonderful post. Perfect. I love the concept of interruptions. So glad I read this today! hugs and smiles!

  2. Thank you Linda! I really appreciate that.
    Hugs to you too!


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