December 21, 2015
Yesterday the message at church was called Life Interrupted. A divine interruption stops us dead in our tracks and changes our direction. I couldn’t help thinking of Blake and praying that he was hearing what Pastor Van was saying. Not only Blake, but myself, and other special people that God has placed in my life for this season. I think that for some people, it takes a HUGE God interruption to get our attention. I know that was the case with me. All the little nudges God had given over my years of drug addiction never did any good to change my direction. But the “Life Interruption” that involved police, handcuffs and shackles sure did get my attention.
I think that Blake is going to be one that needs a HUGE interruption from God. Although he has already experienced many things at the young age of 15, he has not been broken and has not surrendered his will to God.
I asked him in the car yesterday if he thinks that God has interrupted his life in any way. He said “Yah”. Then I asked how? He said “When dad died.”
No teenager should have to experience the death of a parent. The only stability they know. But this opened the door for us to talk about how this one experience that God allowed, led him to where he is in life now. And we talked about how he now has the choice to live for God’s will or live for himself.
I think we lost his attention after about 2 minutes. We have to be brief and straight to the point in our teaching moments with him because he already thinks we like to preach to him. But I was thankful for the short teaching moment that we did get. And I am praying for many more moments just like it.
This takes me back to the real reason for the message. A young 15 year old girl named Mary whose life was also interrupted when God had a plan. I don’t think she understood what was happening but she opened her heart to God and allowed Him to use her.
We are all called to open our hearts and allow God to use us when He interrupts our plans with HIS PLANS. He does not promise it will be easy. In fact, He lets us know it will be the exact opposite. But when we LISTEN, he SPEAKS. And He does promise eternal blessings with Him. So allow God to interrupt your life when he comes calling. It will be worth it!