The Divine Interruption

by Dec 27, 2019Article

The Divine Interruption

Know that  the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Interruptions happen all the time, everyday. In fact, while I am writing this, I have been interrupted about five times by phone calls, text messages, social media notifications or my kids needing me for something.

C.S. Lewis stated this about life’s interruptions:
“The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s ‘own,’ or ‘real’ life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life — the life God is sending one day by day.”

Life is not merely about what we define as our “end goal.” We don’t always get to pick which boxes get checked off of our to-do list. Those little interruptions we have throughout our day are part of our life.

In Luke 1, Mary is told by an angel that she is going to have a baby and it’s not just any baby – it’s Jesus. Taken by surprise, Mary asks the angel: “But how?” The message Mary was just delivered changed her life in an instant. It was a major life interruption!

Mary was told she was going to have a baby out of wedlock. She would then run the risk that she could be stoned and killed for this. She was not only going to have baby, but she would be carrying God’s Son.

Lord God, through this Christmas season, help us to be patient with life’s interruptions and realize that they are part of the story You are writing for us.

Mary could’ve said “No, this is just really not a good time for me…you see, I’m engaged to this nice man named Joseph and we have huge wedding plans. The dress is bought, my caterer won’t give me a refund, and I’m really looking forward to our honeymoon. Angel, thanks for the request, but this interruption doesn’t fit into my plans.”

Rather, instead Mary’s response was one of worship: “My soul magnifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” She rejoiced that God is God, and that God will BE God. She humbled herself for His purpose and bowed to God’s purpose through it all.

The psalm above reminds us that God is God. He is big enough to handle our lives. It will be messy and crazy at times, but we can trust that He’s got it all in His will. We are part of His Story.

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