When I hear the word interruption I think of my 4 year old and 2 year old. These wonderful little humans are also constant interruptions. They interrupt me when I am talking to another adult, reading, cooking, getting dressed, and yes…going to the bathroom.
In the daily grind of working, taking care of my family, and all the other things that make up daily life I often forget the beauty of these interruptions. Yes of course it is healthy to create routines and boundaries in your family and life AND it is also healthy to realize that interruptions are often invitations. When I stop and think about how my kids interrupt me I am reminded that they do that because they feel safe and loved. They have direct access to me because I am their mom. They are actually inviting me into their little world; to listen to them, to see something they want to show me, to hold them when they are upset.
As children of God we have direct access to our Heavenly Father and He often interrupts us to invite us into what He has for us, namely Himself.
When I think of God interrupting someone I think of the story of the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4. Let’s set the scene…
Jesus is experiencing drama from the Pharisees in Judea so he leaves to head back to Galilee. Now typically any Jewish person would avoid Samaria at all costs because they had deep prejudice and hatred towards Samaritans. Instead of going through Samaria which would make the trip to Galilee way shorter they would walk around Samaria which would add a few days to their trip. But Jesus, of course heads straight into Samaria (Jesus meets people where they are despite the racism and bigotry created by sinful humans).
Jesus is tired and sits down by Jacob’s well. It is noon and hot and unlikely for women to be drawing water at this time but Jesus knew who He was about to see and interrupt…
7When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
This Samaritan woman is doing her daily, mundane task of gathering water and has no idea what is about to happen to her. Jesus, the long-awaited Messiah shows up in the flesh and interrupts or rather INVITES this woman to leave her life of sin and drink from the spring of eternal water. Even when she doesn’t understand completely and even when she is in the thick of a sinful mess (sexual immorality, a bad reputation, being an outcast) Jesus steps in and calls her to something new and better; a life with Him.
And the story doesn’t stop there.
39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41 And because of his words many more became believers.
Because of Jesus’ interruption not only did the woman place her faith in Him but her testimony started a revival! One interruption, or rather invitation opened the door for many others to experience the gospel of salvation. A town was hit by the grace train and who knows what even happened after that! Maybe the gospel spread to surrounding towns, maybe the Samaritan woman started discipling other women, maybe generations were changed because of one interruption at the well.
If you have placed your faith in Jesus you have the Holy Spirit living inside of you. This means that the Holy Spirit WILL interrupt you. When we remove the noise and distractions of this world and ask God to help us hear and listen we will be invited into the deeper places with God. We will be invited deeper into His peace, His wisdom, His victory over darkness, and so much more.
Interruptions can come in many ways… It may be a crying baby in the middle of the night giving you the opportunity to hold them and pray for them. It may be a car accident making you realize your life is full of rushing around and distractions. It may come in the form of an unexpected surprise and it may come in the form of unexpected pain.
God WILL get your attention and sometimes if you don’t respond to the small interruptions He will interrupt you in bigger ways-not because He is a tyrant King but because He loves you and has a better plan and purpose for your life than you do.
How is God interrupting you and what is He inviting you into right now? (This could be an invitation to get into His Word more and actually believe it. This could be an invitation to share your faith with someone else. This could be an invitation to start a ministry or business for His glory.)
Remember, you have no idea the magnitude of what God is inviting you into with one simple interruption. Do you have ears to hear?
Caitlin Armstrong, The Church of Eleven22, Equipping Minister