Interruptions

8 11 2010

She didn’t know she was interrupting. I was in the middle of a meeting, and someone came in to talk. My co-worker graciously opened up the time to answer her questions. I sat in the other room stewing about being interrupted.

I don’t like interruptions. I make plans, set agendas, work time lines, and organize my calendar so I can get it all done. Interruptions slow me down. They get in my way. They disrupt the flow of my day. And so often, God uses them as reminders that it isn’t all about me.

God uses interruptions to refocus my attention. His plan should be my priority. His timing should be my delight. His rhythm should rule my days. God uses interruptions to redefine my priorities, to reshape my thinking, and to pull my heart back to Him.

I am slowly learning to see interruptions as holy moments. I began to pray for the woman in the other room. I wanted to cross another item off my to-do list, but God was opening a door for someone to see Jesus. In interrupting my schedule, He was teaching me about surrender. In watching my friend, I learned much about moving in the movement of God.

My Jesus Resolution today is to be thankful for interruptions. Instead of getting irritated, I am going to start looking for the movement of God in the moment. I am going to see the interruption as a yellow light to slow down and pay attention. Jesus was interrupted by people all the time. He saw each interruption as an opportunity to point someone to the face of His Father. I want to be like Jesus. I want my life to be about His timing, His will, and His movement. So today, I am going to be thankful when He interrupts me in order to pull my eyes back to His heart.


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