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Are Interruptions Really Grace? – Pine Grove Mennonite Church
To God

Are Interruptions Really Grace?

My life is filled with interruptions, inconveniences, frustrations, and unexpected events. Things break. Accidents happen. The phone rings. Just when we don’t need another added expense, something breaks. Unexpected illnesses change my carefully crafted plans. I could go on and on. You probably could too.

Though these interruptions are unexpected and catch me off guard, they do not catch God off guard. They are not random, meaningless events. In fact, these interruptions are divinely placed in my path for a reason. God uses these interruptions to change me to be more like Jesus. It’s in these small frustrations and interruptions, the little things in our life, where we are given opportunities to rely on God, to obey Him, and bring Him glory.

We all live in an endless series of little moments. It’s these moments where the rubber meets the road; where our faith is stretched and we look down to see whether we are standing on rock or sand. Do we really believe that God is in control of all the details of our life? Do we really believe that His grace is sufficient to get us through the day? Do we really believe that the gospel of Christ is powerful enough to not only save us for eternity but also to sustain and strengthen us in the midst of life’s interruptions? Do we really believe that Jesus is enough to satisfy all the deepest needs of our heart? Because we all know it’s pretty easy to answer yes on Sunday morning, but how about Monday through Saturday when those 10,000 interruptions come blasting our way?

These interruptions are acts of God’s grace. They force us to work through these questions. They make us face our sin. They are God’s way of taking off our blinders and making us see that we need the gospel in every moment of the day. They are a light that shines on the darkest recesses of our heart, revealing the truth of what’s really there; the sins and idols that we’ve pushed off into the corner, thinking that if we can’t see them, they must not exist.

These interruptions remind us that we don’t have life figured out and that we can’t do it on our own. They are like the Shepherd’s rod, pulling us back from our wandering ways, back to our Great Shepherd. We need these interruptions. Like nothing else, they push us to the cross of Jesus where we must remember the gospel and receive His grace and forgiveness.

It’s hard to see all the little frustrating events and interruptions in our day as divinely placed opportunities to grow in grace, but they are. And seeing them as such helps us take our eyes off ourselves and put them on Jesus, who cares more about our transformation than about our daily comfort. Rather than giving us a life of ease, He interrupts our lives with grace and shows us what we need most of all — Himself.