This weekend should have been a time for getting together with extended family, a time that we all had been looking forward to for several months.
We excitedly made plans back in December, but then we were hit with a pandemic, something we never would have seen coming. The pandemic interrupted our plans. Many, rightly, did not feel comfortable getting together. And so, we wait … interrupted.
School may not start as normal (and now what?). Jobs are not back to normal (and how do we continue to pay the bills that keep coming?). We cannot get together with family and friends as we normally might (and my house is the cleanest it has ever been!). We are not in control of any of these things; they are interruptions!
Interruptions are not something we expect. They catch us off guard and they frustrate us. Yet, interruptions do not catch God off guard. What if God interrupts our “normal” to draw us closer to him, to make us more like him, even to change our attitude?
In Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer writes (regarding the Good Samaritan story), “We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God.
God will be constantly crossing our paths and canceling our plans by sending us people with claims and petitions. We may pass them by, preoccupied with our more important tasks. … It is a strange fact that Christians and even ministers frequently consider their work so important and urgent that they will allow nothing to disturb them.
They think they are doing God a service in this, but actually they are disdaining God’s ‘crooked yet straight path.’”
What if we would change our attitude about being interrupted? What if we saw interruptions as a way to slow us down and to invite us into a new thing?
There has been so much interruption in our lives because of living in a pandemic; yet, how have you seen God working in it and through it? What new thing has God blessed you with in this holy interruption?