Life is often one weekly routine after another.
We fill up our schedules.
Check our to-do lists.
Set our alarms (and our smartphone reminders).
We coast through the comfort of our routine week after week after week.
Life on cruise control…
And then God interrupts it.
Sometimes it’s a big interruption like a medical emergency or the death of someone or the loss of a job or a friend.
Other times it’s smaller interruptions like untimely phone calls, accidents, sick kids, or the car breaking down.
When we face anything beyond the comfort and control of our routine it becomes an interruption.
And, suddenly, our schedule is thrown upside down.
Our to-do list becomes irrelevant.
All the alarms and reminders that we structure our routine around become less important.
And, our comfort and control is replaced with everything from crisis and uncertainty to frustration and fear.
It’s in these times that we learn a lot about ourselves.
Do we really trust God?
Do we really believe that He works all things together for good? (Romans 8:28)
Do we really believe that He won’t give us more than we can handle? (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Do we really believe that He will supply all of our needs? (Philippians 4:19)
Do we really believe that He cares about us? (1 Peter 5:7)
Do we really believe that He has a plan for us like He did with the people of Israel who had been exiled to Babylon? (Jeremiah 29:11)
It’s in these times where these questions suddenly become real and relevant. And, we really have to ask ourselves, who’s in control of our lives…is it God or is it us?
When God interrupts your life, it forces you to ask the hard questions that you can usually avoid when life is just routine.
When you feel like you’ve got everything under control, it’s hard to imagine why you really need God at all.
When your life is so comfortable and so routine, you forget that every day is a gift from God.
The full schedule.
The long to-do list.
The rhythms of alarms and reminders…
They don’t have to just be routine.
But when we make them routine we tend to forget our need for God in the routine.
And, that’s when we need Him to interrupt.
Think about your life.
Think about your routine.
Where’s God in it?
Do you need Him to interrupt your life right now?