Interruptions. We all have them. The scenarios vary but essentially life is going as planned. Then suddenly, our perceived control of life comes to a screeching halt. Life throws us a curve, resulting in everything from minor annoyance to a major crisis. Why can't we shut the door to these intruders?.
A closer look at Scripture reveals that God has set the stage for interruption. That’s His modus operandi. He interrupted Mary’s life with a virgin birth, the apostle Paul’s with blindness and Christ's with a cross. In fact, every person in Scripture who was used by God was intruded upon for the furtherance of His Glory. So why do we, as actors on the stage of life, feel we should escape the way of the Great Playwright?
Karine Matter of Groveland, CA knows about interruption. She will be moving her family and essential belongings for a third time this week due to wildfire. I watched as the CNN commentator struggled to respond to her position of faith in the midst of this tragic encounter. God used this moment to proclaim Himself over national TV. Karine has learned that all of life is mission, even catastrophic interruption.
We too must embrace intrusion because life often happens in the middle of routine. The Good Samaritan’s problem is also ours. There are wounded people left along our path, often disguised as interruptions. They are inconvenient, messy and costly. But as God’s image bearers, this is our call.
Of course the greatest interruption of all comes in the form of God’s Grace. It cares not for the darkness it enters. It invades broken dreams, adulterous affairs and plastic religion. It scoops up dead men and breathes new life into dry bones. Though often unwanted and uninvited, it bursts upon the scene. But oh the life that is changed!
So instead, let's view interruption as divine disruption. For it might well be a “springboard moment” that has the power to change a destiny.