Interruption, as Merriam Webster dictionary would describe it, is to stop or hinder, to break the uniformity or continuity. The synonyms even give it a negative connotation (in my eyes); break in, chime in, chip in, cut in, interpose, intrude.
Interruptions are not just the annoying cut ins to your t.v program. They also come in more serious forms such as betrayal by a loved one, loss of a job, another year of being single, an unexpected pregnancy, and the list could go on and on. Priscilla Shirer said, “They shock us; they shake us; they compel us to change. Sometimes they make us wonder if God even cares.”
Speaking of Priscilla Shirer, I just started her most recent Bible study titled Jonah~Navigating a Life Interrupted. She describes the Interrupted Life as the Significant Life. That part has not sunk in yet, unfortunately.
To better understand, Priscilla provides the following equations:
Insignificant Person + Insignificant Task = Interruption
Significant Person + Significant Task = Divine Interruption
The reoccurring theme comes in all shapes and sizes, some very big ones leaving you barely able to survive and some little ones that simply annoy. I am learning that each serve a mighty big purpose, but also leave you feeling disappointed, frustrated, and confused.
I hope as I continue through this study, that I can fully wrap my arms around the fact that His interruptions will lead me to a place that is bigger and better and that I can fully embrace “Plan B“.
Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV) says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
“When ours are interrupted, His are not. His plans are proceeding exactly as scheduled, moving us always (including those minutes or hours or years which seem most useless or wasted or unendurable) ‘toward the goal of true maturity’.” ~ Elisabeth Eliot
So, I am wondering, has your life been interrupted lately? If so, what direction are you going and how are you handling the change?