April 8, 2019
Verse for the Week: Proverbs 19:21 (ESV); Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.
There’s no doubt about it, I’m definitely a planner, a goal-setter, and a task-ticker. If you are anything like me, you probably spend a lot of time making plans. And then remaking them!
Despite our best efforts, our plans often go awry. Detours, layovers, even a traffic jam at an inopportune time can feel like the universe is against you.
Maybe you’re facing more than just an inconvenience but a deeper unexpected interruption. The loss of a job or a loved one. A difficult child making heartbreaking choices. Injury. Illness. You name it, interruptions happen and wreak havoc on our plans.
When this happens, we tend to spend a lot of time and unnecessary energy in resistance mode. But unforeseen interruptions are a universal consequence of life. In light of this certitude we have a choice—be irritated at the inconvenience, or approach each interruption as an invitation to grow beyond our present capacity.
This is an invitation to let God’s purpose plan our path, not the other way around.
This type of perspective takes trust and faith to see beyond the here and now. It takes a deep commitment to believe God knows you, sees you and is working behind the scenes to bring about His will.
Let’s take a look at some high-profile examples of divine interruption from scripture—none of which seemed good at the time, but the result was a blessing of great importance. The kind that is revealed after-the-fact.
Our first example is Joshua. He lost his mentor and leader when Moses died. Although this was crushing and scary, it was because of this devastating loss that Joshua discovered he was the one God would use to lead the people of Israel into the promised land.
Another one is found in Mary’s story. The quiet, unassuming mother of Jesus. Minding her own business she was stopped cold with a divine invitation disguised as an inconceivable interruption that would change everything for all eternity.
I get it. It’s human nature to resist disruptions. We don’t like veering off track. It’s annoying and inconvenient and can be utterly devastating. Yet, some of the most important moments of life happen as a result of interruptions. But we must be open to them with a posture of curious expectation.
Lord Jesus, help me to see beyond the here and now. To trust you when interruptions come my way. Develop a quiet confidence that you are working behind the scenes for your good purposes. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Reflect and Respond:
Next time an interruption tempts you to bail-out emotionally, react harshly, or turn your back on God, choose a different response and turn toward Him. Look beyond the current circumstance and seek to see it as an invitation to expand into more purposeful personal territory.
Hugs for a great week and remember, you are not alone. Be blessed, be brave, and be open to see the next interruption as a divine invitation for His purpose to plan your path.