Friday, January 23, 2015

Life's Interruptions ~

I am Jonah
I want to serve God…..
as long as it is convenient.
I desire to do His will….
until it is a tad uncomfortable.
I want to hear His Word…..
as long as its message is one I'm supposed
to pass on to someone else.
I don't want to have my plans interrupted.
Oh yes, I am Jonah, and I suspect that in
one way or another, you are too.   Taken from~ Priscilla Shirer (Jonah- Navigating A Life Interrupted)

I have been doing this Bible Study on Jonah and a Life Interrupted by Priscilla Shirer.  It is not by accident that God places in my hand's encouragement just at the right time. He has been doing this for me since I can remember. I was at one of those moments when life was comfortable. I am satisfied. I am happy. And out of the nowhere, the winds start to blow and my boat is rocking.  My life has been interrupted.

In doing this Bible study I am learning in depth the surroundings of just why it was hard for Jonah to just go preach to those enemies in Nineveh. He had to sell his home~ his belongings~ leave behind all that he loved to go to people who were not only evil but they hated his people. It was a long way to travel to preach to his enemies.   Can you give a little grace to our brother ?~ I sure have been.  He had great wealth to leave behind. Yet ~ God interrupted his life and demanded him to go. I would say Jonah had no option ~ wouldn't you?

When I started this study a few weeks ago life was boring. I was at a crossroads and needed some direction. Just two weeks later God has thrown an interruption at me. ( Not exactly what I was praying for.)  Jonah ran when God gave him his life's interruption.  How well did that work?

My natural response is much like Jonah's response. RUN! So this morning I am praying~ seeking~ and listening. Where is this interruption going to take me? What am I going to be willing to leave behind?  Is God asking me to leave behind all I know and love?  I  don't know but I know I am not going to run. I think I will learn from Jonah and just be willing to trust and obey whatever it is that He is asking me to do.

Proverbs 3:5-6

 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

What interruptions has God placed in your life today ~ how will you respond?


Ann at eightacresofeden said...

Happy New Year Carrie. I have one of Priscilla Shirer's books. I am impressed by her writing for women and her teaching of the truth of God's Word. Reminds me of that verse in Proverbs which says we can plan our way but God directs our steps. And in the end He is the ultimate guide and His Word the ultimate guidebook. I think sometimes God interrupts us or wants us to take the long way around because He has something for us on that route. A lesson He wants to teach us,a work He wants us to do or a person He wants us to help. Yes, I would choose the easy route or the comfortable option - like the time I saw a sign in a tourist spot that was pointing to 'Coffee Shop' in one direction and 'Bush walk' in the other. You can guess which direction I wanted to go! My husband convinced me to do the bush walk which brought us back to the coffee shop later. I would have missed out on some beautiful scenery had I only opted for the comfort of the coffee shop. My goodness I think there is a making of a blog post there!

Patty said...

Trust on!



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