Have you ever had things interrupt your daily life? Just when you thought things were going ok, boom, something happens unexpected. So, how do we handle these issues as Christians?
The first thing we need to remember is that nothing surprises God. He knows what is about to occur in our lives and has a way or means prepared for us to respond to these interruptions. Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 10:19-20, “19) But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; 20) for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.”
The second thing to remember is that not all interruptions are bad. Sometimes they can take us in a different direction which achieves our goal easier and better. Our attitude towards interruptions has a lot to do with how we deal with them. If you have started the day frustrated by some event or issue then you won’t welcome interruptions very well or see them as opportunities! I had one such interruption the other day. A church member called needing a ride just when I had settled down to do my sermon preparation! i agreed to take them where they needed to go and after we arrived at our destination I noticed a malfunction in my window wipers. So while they were completing their business I excused myself and went to a local garage. The attendant replace my wipers and repaired the problem. That afternoon we had a ice/sleet/snow event. If I hadn’t assisted the the church member I would have been caught in that storm unprepared. God thinks of the little things in our lives as well as the big ones.
Lastly, interruptions test our patience and compassion! We grow stronger as we deal with the unexpected! The disciples expected Jesus to set up His kingdom on earth before He went to the Cross. The Cross was an unexpected event for them even though Jesus tried to warn them it was going to happen. After the Cross event the disciple had to question their understanding of Jesus and His purpose on earth. This caused them to change their focus from expecting the kingdom now and refocus on helping others to accept the Kingdom to come. It changed their thought process just as interruptions help us re-evaluate our decisions and lives.
So get ready for interruptions and the unexpected God can use them to enrich our lives and HIs Kingdom.
God Bless you this day,