Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us that if we trust in the LORD with all our hearts, if we don’t lean on our own ways, our own limited understanding of our lives and acknowledge Him in everything we do, then He will make straight our paths.
This is such a beautiful promise, however, it is not one that I have fully embraced for my own life. In fact, it is not until recently that I realized that this is a promise from God and one that is vitally important to my growth and maturity in Christ.
Lately, I have been feeling quite overwhelmed. The Little People have started back to school, D started his new job a few weeks ago, he was also accepted into Liberty University Online and I started my Sophomore year at Liberty last week. My oldest son and his girlfriend came in for a visit right at the beginning of classes and then to top it off, a few of us have been sick. All of these things viewed with the right perspective would prove to be God’s abundant blessings being poured out on my life.
Yes Friends, even the interruptions.
I had everything planned out. How my schedule and routine was going to need to go in order to accomplish all the “things” on my to-do list. I had it planned exactly the time and which order I would begin doing my coursework so I could get ahead. I had my routine scheduled in a way that allowed me to have time left to still devote to D, the kids, church and especially to God.
Proverbs 19:21 tells us, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.”
Sisters, when we are interrupted, when life is not going as we have planned, we have a choice. We can choose to be frustrated and aggravated (which I admit is often my reaction), or we can choose to recognize that these interruptions are God-designed and given. In this life, it is not what we want to do that truly matters, it is only what God wants. We can fight Him and try to have our way, try to do things our way, but in the end, as Solomon has taught us, God’s way will be victorious.
They Aren’t Interruptions: They Are God-Given and Designed Opportunities
Our lives are not our own, they have been bought and paid for with the precious blood of Jesus Christ. We have been created by our Heavenly Father to fulfill His purpose and His plans. To be fellow-workers with Him and it is those things that we view as interruptions are actually opportunities to serve Him and assist in helping to bring His plan into reality.
All of these opportunities that God gave me the last two weeks have proved that God is working in my and my family’s lives.
That visit from my son that came at what seemed like an inopportune time turned into an answer to my prayer. My son has been far from God since his Nana passed away and I have been praying for restoration for him and for him to find a girl who was also a believer. After our little visit, my son’s girlfriend called to tell me that my son and her were going to be returning to church. My children being sick gave D and I an opportunity to embrace some extra cuddles and snuggles with and to pray with our children.
My routine did not go as planned, but I did still have time to devote to D and to the kids. D and I enjoyed many evenings of just cuddling in front of the TV or talking quietly in bed together. I still had time to rest in God’s presence and let Him fill my cup and energize my weary soul. And guess what, I am almost an entire week ahead in my courses and I have extra time to help D with his.
Truly, when we take the time to realize that our interruptions are not interruptions at all, but God-given opportunities to serve Him and His Kingdom, He will make straight the path we are to be taking; the one that brings Him glory and gives us peace.
Weekly Challenge and Focus Verses
I would like to challenge you this week to begin turning your interruptions into God-given opportunities to serve Him. Look at the situation closely and think about how you can most glorify Him in this situation. Ask yourself is God trying to work in you or through you or quite possibly both?
Meditate on our verses Proverbs 19:21 and Proverbs 3:5-6 and start embracing God’s promise for you and walking in His Truths.
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