No more diaper bags. My youngest was three and fully potty trained. I was so excited. For years, I knew God wanted me to write, but time and household responsibilities kept me putting my ideas in a purse next to my nightstand. I had written part of a manuscript and had two publishers looking at it.
Returning from the store one Saturday, I listened to all the messages on our answering machine. “Hey, Robyn, this is Amy. I know you told me that you and Ray had considered adoption once; there’s a mom who wants an African American Christian family to adopt her baby boy. I think she is due tomorrow.” One week later, I am rooming in with this special birth mom, preparing to take my newborn son home. The hospital gave me a new diaper bag.
Ryland is now two years old and extremely active. His energy does not run out until five minutes after his head hits the pillow at night. He is my divine interruption.
God in His wisdom allows each of us an opportunity to serve him through what would seem to be an interruption to our agenda. In Scripture, I see divine interruptions everywhere. Job had one through the loss of his family, home, and resources. Esther had one from peasant to palace. Paul had several from Damascus to Apostle. We all have an appointment where God’s plans are not our plans, but yet they are divine.
I have noticed one thing in the divine appointments in the biblical stories. We don’t know much about the biblical characters, but we know them by their interruption. Job’s interruption sent him on a path to know God. Esther’s interruption saved a nation. Paul’s first interruption changed his devotion until he died.
There are challenges with divine interruptions. Some are tragic in our eyes. Some may only last a few days or months, like the hospitalization of your child. Some may last the rest of your lifetime, like an unexpected death of a spouse. No matter how long your cessation, it changes your total outlook on life. Life with God is faith in action. We make plans for our lives, but God is free to alter our plans. These alterations increase your faith because trusting God is the only way you can get through them.
Ryland is a happy little boy. He is an artist, and even my furniture has been his canvas. He loves to play ball and has broken many things with a well-targeted throw. He loves to talk, even though I don’t understand half of what he is saying. This interruption is now part of my life until I go to be with Jesus. What is your divine interruption? How has it completely changed you for the kingdom of God? When you have gone from this home to your home in heaven, what will you leave behind because of one of your divine interruptions?
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11