Tumbling out of bed I wrapped my polka-dot pink robe around me and tied it tight to keep out the morning cold. The scent of robust coffee lured me to the kitchen where my husband waited nearby in the living room for our daily devotions. With my eyes fixed on the faint bit of light coming through the windows I scuffled my slippered feet toward the inviting space on the sofa next to him.
In the dawn, the lights of the Christmas tree shimmered and sparkled and twinkled an invitation to enjoy them one last time. I was immediately overcome. Unstoppable tears formed behind my eyes. It was over. Christmas was over. Work beckoned me back to reality today and all my hopes and plans and expectations and desires and wants and needs faded away all too quickly. Gone. Vanished.
Disappointment filled my chest, threatening to escape at every breath. Recent memories of the demands, the chaos, the distractions and unexpected situations that required handling circled my head much like the wreath of smoke around Santa's own.
I'd never wanted to press the rewind button so badly as I did right now. I need a redo. Seriously, God? You knew. You knew what I needed. Sanity and calm and the joy and to check things off my to do list and something that resembled normal! Instead, my plans were thwarted! My expectations unmet! My needs unfulfilled! My schedule, my timing, my intentions...interrupted!
Interrupted. Plain. Period. Simply interrupted.
The tree lights became a blur through my wet eyes as the branches and needles and twigs themselves seemed to cut me short.
"My plans are not like your plans."
"Neither are my ways like your ways."
"Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails."
Sometimes in our lives, almost always when we least expect or desire it, God has a tendency to show up and interrupt what we are doing. And, though we might say, "Your will and not my own," we view His interruptions as inconvenient, annoying, frustrating or just really bad timing. But, God has the right to interrupt our lives, our detailed schedules and our selfish plans anytime He wants. In fact, we should welcome them.
Often, He interrupts because we have made a wrong turn along the way or quite possibly because we are completely off track. These interruptions are often a very well-timed wake up call to keep us from going even further in a direction that will only end up even more painful. See, God can see where we are going and where our current direction will lead us, unlike we are able to. Interruptions break into our mundane existence, our stagnant spiritual life, the dead end up ahead and the comfort of our lives. They are an attempt to reroute us to the life He intended for us.
God desires our attention. When we have taken our eyes off of Him, we essentially become our own undoing. He will go to great lengths to gain, or regain, our attention. Our truest fulfillment in this earthly life is found living in unity with God's purpose for our lives. When our choices do not measure up to His desires for us, His purpose for us and in the end do not glorify Him, He can, and will, interrupt. But, it can speak to us in ways that could change our direction and our life forever...if we let it.
Friend, have you been interrupted? A glitch in your marriage? Finances? Job? Friendships or relationships? Health? Have you been inconvenienced, disrupted, or hindered? Sister, ask Him today to show you why. Have you been derailed or already had a full blown crash? Ask Him. Allow Him to come into that space and show you what better plan He has for you. Give Him the right of way.
Father, you have my attention. I confess Lord that I am self centered and self serving and I place my wants and needs and plans above You and the plans You have for me. I give you permission, Lord, to use this disturbance for my good and your glory. Show me it's purpose. Help me, God, to seek your plan for my life before I go forward with my own. You are greater than I, You know all things, and because You love me, I expect you to interrupt me when I fall short. I welcome your interruption and invite you in to it.
Colossians 1:16 Christ himself is the Creator who made everything in heaven and earth, the things we can see and the things we can't...all were made by Christ for His own use and glory.