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Holy Interruption

Isaiah 41:4 "I am the only God and I keep under control everything that happens in this world. I have existed from the beginning, and will exist until the end. " (NLT)

I was very engaged with an article that I was writing. Words were flowing, thoughts were coming. I was “in the zone”. Then it happened. My son came into the room and asked me if we could play some basketball. What would you do? What do you do, when “interruptions happen?”

Most of us see interruptions as negative occurrences that come to disturb our carefully crafted calendar, but it need not be so. Jesus performed most of his miracles after an interruption. Here are three principles to make interruptions your ally:

1. They may seem like interruptions to you, but they were on God's calendar.
We define interruptions as "an encounter or event that was not planned." If we look at the life of Jesus as an example, we can see his reaction to interruptions.
*The first miracle. Jesus went to a party to celebrate a wedding, ended up providing wine for everyone.
*The encounter with the woman with an issue of blood. He was on his way to Jairus' house to perform one miracle, ended the day by doing two of them.

There are many more examples. Jesus blessed children, resurrected the dead, healed the sick, all outside of the programmed schedule for that day. That interruption you are experiencing might be God’s chance to perform a miracle.

2. Submit your calendar to God, which involves surrendering control of yours.
Someone said that if you want to make God smile tell him your final/definite plans. There are two types of personalities. Systematic and spontaneous. The systematic has problems when plans change. If you struggle with change, begin each day with the realization that being organized is good, but not to the point that organization resists divine interruption. Submit your calendar to God. You're not in the driver's seat, and Jesus is not your co-pilot. Expect  interruptions to come into your life today. Remember what the prophet Isaiah said:

Isaiah 41:4 "I am the only God and I keep under control everything that happens in this world. I have existed from the beginning, and will exist until the end." (NLT)

3. Instead of thinking how the interruption affects you, think about how it helps others.
Analyzing personalities again, there is one that we know as "Type A". This personality is focused on achieving goals, doing things, or completing an aggressive agenda. It's easy for this type of personality to move ahead like a tractor trying to achieve goals. God is calling you to pause for a moment today, and instead of seeing the interruption like a stone in your shoe, think about how your help will be a blessing to the person who does not even have shoes. We don’t use people to achieve our dreams, we help others discover theirs and help them to become reality.

Think about it-What interruptions frustrate you? How have you allowed interruptions to be a pest, rather than a blessing? Let God direct your calendar today.

Roger Hernandez
About the Author
Roger Hernandez Roger Hernandez is a motivational speaker and has spoken at many places across the United States. He is the author of five books, his most recent Epic Fail. He was born in Cuba and is married with four children.

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