I don’t know about you, but I strongly dislike being interrupted. And as ironic and perhaps hypocritical as it may be, I find myself interrupting others far too much. I’m not sure anyone really likes being interrupted. We tend to view interruptions as ill-mannered or simply inconvenient. But suppose it could be a good thing. Suppose an interruption could be beneficial and for our betterment. Perhaps you and I are in desperate need of an interruption, a divine interruption.
There have been countless occasions that I have been consumed with planning out my life according to my own desires, dreams, and goals when suddenly, God stepped in and put a stop to what might have turned into my destruction. Life apart from Christ is NEVER a good thing, despite our greatest efforts and grandest achievements. These moments when God stepped in and stopped me dead in my tracks are moments that I like to refer to as divine interruptions. I was set on doing things my own way, and I was confident that everything would turn out perfectly. But God had something else in mind – His glory and my good. The two things He’s always after, and the two things He’ll never compromise – His glory and my good.
These timely interruptions have taught me a valuable lesson about His sovereignty and my utter lack of control. No matter how hard I try to convince myself, I’ve learned that human control is an illusion because God is ultimately in control of all things. I used to fight with the Lord when He interrupted my plans, but I’ve grown to welcome these moments knowing that He has good plans for me, and every effort He makes to interrupt me and my self-involved planning proves that He desires for me to fulfill the purpose that He has given me. This understanding has changed the way that I pray. I used to write out the blue print for my life, show God the details, and then ask Him to bless it. It was as if my life’s motto was “Do Not Disturb” when it came to faith in Christ and trusting the Lord. Now, I request an interruption: “God, if this is not of you, if you have something better in mind, if you have a different road that you want me to walk down, then stop me now. Interrupt my plans so that I might better fulfill my purpose to bring you glory.” That is my prayer, and I would invite you to join me in it. Request an interruption from God. I dare you.