How are you with interruptions?
‘In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.’ – Proverbs 16.9
I confess, I like to be in control and to plan!
I could positively say, I’m ordered and efficient! But the truth is I like to be in control because it gives me a sense of security about the future. My heart issue is that I’m looking for something other than God to give me security.
If you’re a person who likes to be in control, then you know what interruptions are like. Annoying! This whole period can feel like one long interruption, to schools, to work, to holidays, to life itself. My instinct is to deal with these as soon as possible, to plan around them, so I can get back in control.
The more I think about this, the more I realise we shouldn’t think this way. Rather we should think about interruptions as opportunities to embrace God’s plan.
Reading Mark’s account of Jesus’ life it amazes me just how Jesus handles interruptions. At every turn he seems to be interrupted by the crowd or by somebody needing something. Most of us would be frustrated by the constant stream of interruptions, but not Jesus, he felt compassion for people and took the opportunities to display who he was.
Many of us see interruptions as things that get in the way of ‘real life’, may be that’s how you feel about our current situation? In reality, we don’t like them because they remind us that we’re not in control. Covid-19 is an interruption to our plans for life; but it is also an opportunity for us to embrace God’s plan and reflect the compassion of the saviour.
Plans and objectives for the year have gone out the window – and that’s unsettling! But what could God be teaching us? How can we shift our energies in a way that otherwise wouldn’t have been possible? What might God be doing in the middle of this interruption?
I don’t know the answers to these questions, but I do know He must be in control!
By Eddie Scrase-Field, Vicar
Dear Father God, thank you that interruptions can be opportunities to follow Jesus, may you establish our steps in Him. Amen