2016 is coming to an end in less than 9 days. In the beginning of the year itself each one of us planned great goals for ourselves and for our families like job, marriage, new home, child, vacation, going back to school ,or start a new business. We had hoped they would all fall in its place one by one but dreams got interrupted because of unforeseen circumstances.
You wanted to graduate by 2016 and find a job before this year ended but you are still unemployed.
You had hoped to get married right after you found your dream job but your dream man/woman is nowhere to be found.
You come back from work to a completely quiet house that it hurts so bad, or to a pile of unwashed dishes and dirty laundries that you begin to wonder if some invisible families live with you.
You are praying for a miracle in your life but all you feel is hopelessness and dejection.
Do we accept our interruptions with resolved obedience and surrender?
I penned the following lines in my diary a few years ago as I was patiently waiting on the Lord for something very important in my life-
- What if all of our annoying ,tedious Interruptions were divine interventions?
- What if we are to pray for the ones who are struggling like us and are going through what we already went through?
- What if we are to be a support group and help out those who need mentoring or help the ones who have a lot going on in their life?
As children of God ,do we just fuss about our own life, silently fold our hands and stand in the corner scrutinizing the ones who are hurting OR become the gentle hand and comforting voice of God?
Let’s focus on TWO biblical characters just like us and see how their life’s interruptions were later on divine appointments.
Jonah : Jonah was asked by the Lord to go to Ninevah and preach against the wickedness of the people there. Since Jonah didn’t like the people of Ninevah who were also Gentiles, he decides to run away as far as possible to Tarshish,west of Gath-helper 2500 miles away from his hometown, while Ninevah was only 500 miles away. Jonah’s plans are interrupted by the storm and the giant fish on the way to Tarshish. He is angry ,and wanted to do exactly the opposite of what God asked him to even when he knew God as a gracious, and merciful one.(Jonah 4:1,2). God changed Jonah from being an annoyed Prophet to be an Ambassador of Christ, a person who emulated and extended kindness and mercy to the undeserved.
- Are we angry at God because our plans have been interrupted?
- Do we run away from Him, rather than running to Him?
Virgin Mary: Joseph and Mary were engaged to be married soon, and the Bible specifically mentions how Mary was a virgin. As they were waiting for each other during this beautiful engagement period, an angel appears and tells Mary that she will miraculously conceive a son and name him JESUS. I cannot even begin to comprehend the thoughts going through this young Mary’s head knowing fully well the shame that would come upon her and her family if the word got out. Yet Mary responded to God with humility and obedience. God changed her calling and promoted her to be the mother of God.
- Do we hold our goals and dreams to be of more significance over God’s plans and purpose in our lives?
- Do we take God at His word ,and accept dramatic changes in our lives whether it be a change in our vocation ,or location?
When interruptions comes our way- Ponder carefully, Pray diligently, Persevere continually and trust God’s Providence DD@Dianas_Diaries
Let me bless you with these verses and a beautiful song as you diligently wait on the Lord for His guidance in your life in the coming year.
Joyful Christmas and a Blessed New Year !