by Nancy Kay Grace
Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:5
This wasn’t supposed to happen!
Have you thought that when an interruption disturbs your routine? Interruptions drop into life all the time, demanding our attention. Sometimes they are small, like discovering your car needs unexpected maintenance. Or walk into the kitchen to find water leaking from an unknown source ruining the floor. Addressing the problem takes time, effort, and resources.
Major interruptions have larger implications, like hearing the news of a cancer diagnosis or that you are soon relocating. These demand more energy to handle, often leading to bigger decisions affecting your family life.
Many people in the Bible experienced significant life interruptions and were used by God in the midst of the disruption.
Moses was minding his business, tending his sheep, when suddenly a burning bush interrupted his life. God got his attention and gave Moses an assignment. At first, he didn’t take the interruption well. He thought he wasn’t capable enough to lead the Israelites and argued with God (see Exodus 3 and 4).
Eventually, Moses yielded to God’s interruption as direction for himself and the Israelites. He went on to lead the Israelites out of captivity and through the desert to the Promised Land.
Do we handle frustration by throwing our hands up in frustration or in surrender to God’s plan?
When interruptions occur, God guides us if we look to Him.
Two years ago, my husband and I wondered what the next season of life would bring as he considered retirement from church ministry. We sought the Lord for guidance.
At just the right time, God presented a ministry option for us. I was excited for this new opportunity, but was also conflicted, because it meant a major relocation away from family. Like Moses, I argued with God. Didn’t He know my dilemma? Had He heard my cries and prayers?
Yes, God did.
One day while worshipping and praying for direction at a conference, I heard a divine whisper to my soul say: “I’ve heard your cries and your prayers, and will take care of you and your family.”
God whispered the exact phrase that I used, which brought deep peace during tearful worship.
We moved. It was hard to leave friends and farther away from our grandchildren. But in this new season, we have seen God move in unexpected ways. He has provided good friendships that support us. The Lord led us to top-notch medical care, when I had another tongue cancer diagnosis. We have been able to visit our family more frequently than we anticipated, in spite of the distance. God has stretched my faith in using us in a nationwide ministry to encourage pastors and their spouses, for His purposes.
Interruptions in the midst of life occur. When God says, “Pardon the interruption,” Psalm 25:5 NIV offers hope. “Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”
By looking to God, His grace will steady your uncertain heart to step into the next season.
This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).
About the author: Nancy Kay Grace is thankful for the gift of peace in the face of turmoil. She is a speaker and award-winning author of The Grace Impact, a devotional about the touch of God’s grace in our lives.
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