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Interrupted by God

We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.  Proverbs 16:9 NLT

Photo courtesy of pixabay.When my husband asked about my agenda for the day, I had no idea what was in store.

It was the day after Thanksgiving—which I consider a day to rest and recoup from all the cleaning, eating, and entertaining of the holiday. My husband had other plans. We had purchased some new flooring, and he was anxious to get started. Before I could think of a good reason to opt out, we found ourselves busy scraping up old tile, moving appliances, and shifting things from one place to another.

I’m a creature of habit and task-oriented. Interruptions don’t always sit well with me. When my daily routine gets blindsided or my to-do list ignored, there’s a definite disturbance in the force. But I’ve learned that God’s plan is always best. Mark Lowry once said at a concert, “God’s not in our plans; He’s in the interruptions.”

Think about some of the Bible characters whose routines were interrupted: Moses and the burning bush, the Good Samaritan, and Mary the mother of Jesus, Even Jesus Himself. He was on His way to raise a young girl from the dead when a woman with a bleeding disorder stopped Him. Another time, He was trying to teach when a crippled man with palsy was lowered through the roof.

The best part is what resulted from the interruptions. Moses was in the field doing business as usual when he was called by God to deliver the Israelites. The Good Samaritan stopped to help someone when all the religious people turned their heads away in disgust. Mary was informed by Gabriel that she was to become the virgin mother of the Messiah. And Jesus not only healed the sick woman and brought a young girl back to life but also healed the crippled man and told him his sins were forgiven.

Agendas are okay. Some of us couldn’t live without our lists and schedules. But we need to realize God doesn’t have to stick to our agenda. He has His own, and we have the privilege of being used to fulfill His plan and purpose on the earth.

If you want to be used for the Kingdom, get ready to be interrupted by God.

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Andrea Merrell

Andrea Merrell is an award-winning author and professional freelance editor. She is an associate editor with Christian Devotions Ministries and LPC Books and was a finalist for the 2016 Editor of the Year Award at BRMCWC and the 2018 Excellence in Editing award by the Christian Editors Network. Andrea is a graduate of Christian Communicators and was a finalist in the 2015 USA Best Book Awards and the 2018 Selah Awards, as well as a semi-finalist in the 2018 ACFW Genesis contest. She has been published in numerous anthologies and online venues, teaches workshops on writing and editing, and is the co-founder and regular contributor to www.TheWriteEditing.com, a blog designed specifically for writers. Andrea is the author of Murder of a Manuscript, Praying for the Prodigal, and Marriage: Make It or Break It. Contact her at www.AndreaMerrell.com.