Have you ever driven somewhere and when you reached your destination you ask yourself, “How in the world did I get here?” The whole drive was a blur. It was like your car was on autopilot and you were just along for the ride.
Life can be like that, can’t it? We have good intentions of being intentional with our relationships and purposeful with our engagements but, soon we fall right back into our routines and life ruts. We exchange new experiences for predictability. We trade adventure for the illusion of control. Life becomes comfortable and closed off. Basically, we are existing on autopilot and when a “life interruption” comes our way, we are faced with a decision. Are we going to continue with our routine or embrace the the interruption and walk into unfamiliar territory.
It brings to mind a few examples from the Bible.
Abraham was wealthy and comfortable…no worries. His “life interruption” came when God said to “go to a land I will show you.” Genesis 12:4 says, “So Abram went…” This encounter birthed a new nation. A people set aside and marked as God’s people.
Samuel was a boy when God “interrupted” his life. After being instructed by Eli on what was happening, Samuel answered the Lord’s call by saying, “speak, for your servant is listening.” (1 Samuel 3:1) This started a life-long relation of “life interruptions” that climaxed with the anointing of a young shepherd named David.
Mary was a teenager when an angel appeared and “interrupted” her life with the news of the coming Messiah. Her response was, “I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled.” (Luke 1:36) This step of obedience ushered in Immanuel, God With Us.
Throughout the month of December, we run the risk of cruising or switching to autopilot just so we can make it through. Family gatherings, office and/or school parties, shopping, decorating, cooking…it’s exhausting!
So, here’s our challenge for the Christmas season:
– Take your eyes off yourself, your schedules, your busyness
– LOOK UP and open your heart to the movement of God all around you
– Embrace the “interruptions” for in those life interruptions we”
– Reorder our Priorities
– Discover our Purpose
– Find True Life
– Show Others His Love