Embrace the Interruptions

February 2, 2006

I had a really great paradigm shift this week. Doesn’t happen too often, so I thought I would share it with you. You know how you hear something and it is really good, but then you hear some things and it just changes your life. . .well that’s how this was.

I was watching the 700 club a few days ago (something I have come to look forward to during the kid’s naptime!) and they were interviewing Bill and Gloria Gaither. They were the most down-to-earth, loving, real people! They were discussing how they never planned to write music and travel and sing together. It just happened, it was an interruption in their normal everyday life.

Gloria told how, as she has aged, she has come to realize that real ministry and really meaningful things happen in the “interruptions” of your life. Even if you look at Jesus’ ministry, very important things happened through interruptions. Like the woman who touched the hem of his garment when he was on his way somewhere, or the great sermon he was preaching until the roof was taken apart and a man lowered down to him.

She encouraged everyone listening to embrace the interruptions of your life because these are the moments where you will make a difference. I guess this really got me because, as a stay at home mom, I feel like my life is one interruption after another, after another, after another. I am constantly sidetracked, surrounded by unfinished projects, my sleep is interrupted most nights and even my brain doesn’t seem to move in a constant harmonious flow anymore.

this is me.

So. . .embrace this?? Yes! I must. I must realize that all these interruptions are my real calling in life. I have really pondered this when I feel a little hand pulling at my sleeve or rocking a two-year-old at 1:30 AM. It has really given me a new perspective.



4 responses to Embrace the Interruptions

  1. Very, thought provoking. You could almost replace the word “Suddenly” with “then an interruption” many times in the Bible.
    So don’t ever let anyone tell you God is not still a “God of Suddenlys”, He is still the same!

    Thanks, Karen, for bringing this to the forefront of our thougths. I needed this reminder.

  2. Thanks for commenting, Aunt C.! You’re right about the “suddenly”. That’s good. I hadn’t ever thought of that and there are so many “suddenly’s” in there.

  3. Great thoughts to share Karen. This is something I can really apply to my life as a mom of four girls. I often feel like things are chaotic around here. I’m going to try to change the way I perceive all the interruptions, too. I have to remind myself all the time that my reason for staying at home is not to have a clean, orderly home. My main reason for being here is to raise my children and spend my days with them.

    Thank you. You’re wisdom always ministers to me.

  4. yeah, I think it is so easy to get sidetracked with all the house and laundry stuff. Maybe it’s because we see it completed and that feels good. With our kids we just never see them to completion. Only God does that. Someday. . .we will.