Living Intentionally-Interrupted

Stopping the flow of what we are used to.  Change.  Tension.  I don’t think many of us like to be interrrupted.  It’s not comfortable.  It’s hard.  It requires a lot of us.  I like living my comfy life doing my own thing, just hanging out.  But I have found that God uses those seasons to interrupt my coziness.  When the job is good, the kids are great, friendships are super, he seems to tap on the shoulder and whisper that there is more.  All of this (the job, the community)  is GOOD and needs to be.  We desperately need community and stability in our lives. The more becomes how we choose to sacrifice, what he may ask us to do.  Maybe it’s selling your house, maybe it’s going on mission trips, maybe it’s suffering through infertility or a failed adoption, maybe it’s taking a different job; there’s always something that he wants us to pursue to create dependence on him.

When we are chasing after the hard things or suffering through a tragedy, the whole of our lives is given to Jesus because we can’t do it without him.  We are utterly dependent on his grace, mercy and strength to survive.  I love life when it’s in this place.  Our adoption process, especially our time in country, was so reliant on our Jesus.  And it was the most amazing spot to be in.  Watching him answer prayer and provide miracles was a gift.  It changes you when you are willing to be interrupted.  God longs for his glory to be displayed in our weakness so he intentionally puts us in situations where we completely require his provision to get us through.

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And when we get all cozy, I love how he breaks us all over again. He breaks us by opening our eyes to need or suffering or ways to live that are crazy outrageous.  He does it in my life over and over.  Pulls me out of comfort and into the unknown, the risk.  The place where he is holding me up, wrapping his arms tight around me.  What an incredible gift to live in such a way that we rely on his goodness and grace to get us through.  We can faithfully listen to him and he will create these situations for us.

I often think of the single mom in Haiti or my boys’ mom in DRC and how they have to depend on Jesus every second.  They are always longing for answers to prayer.  And we can be that answer.  If we allow our time, our finances, our things to be interrupted and changed, we can provide hope to the hurting.

The reality is I can type these nice fancy words and long to live interrupted each day.  I can preach to y’all, but it’s not always easy to put into practice.  We eat out way too much and spend money on dumb stuff.  We are constantly trying to find balance and working to live out my super fancy words.  There’s grace for that.  And when it’s time to be interrupted, Jesus makes it super clear and gives us what we need to move forward.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” -2 Corinthians 12:9-10

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