I love summer. I LOVE SUMMER. It is my favorite time of the year.
- No coats or jackets.
- Warm weather. NEVER being cold.
- Early evening walks. Daylight!!!
- Lots of cooking on the grill.
- Sandals and flip flops.
- Parks with the grandchildren.
- No coats required for the grandchildren.
- Festivals and markets.
On July 21, I broke my ankle and leg, while in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Since that time, I’ve been out only for the drive back to Birmingham, and trips to go to the doctor. I’ve been in a chair with my leg propped up, and watched through the window as the days got shorter and shorter.
My season was interrupted.
Life is filled with interruptions, inconveniences, frustrations, and unexpected events. Things break (including bones). Accidents happen. The phone rings as soon as you get in the recliner at the end of the day. Appliances break. Stuff happens. Interruptions come without invitation!
When my season was interrupted, I was less than happy. Surgery, pain and dependence on others became part of my world. I remember lying in a hospital bed, and talking to God. “Lord, I don’t want to be ungrateful, difficult, and angry because my season changed in a moment of time. Walk with me through the season. I trust You with this interruption.”
In scripture, there were people whose lives were interrupted, and they became life-changing moments. Mary, the mother of Jesus, had her happy life interrupted by an angel. She later gave birth to the Son of God, who would change the world. Saul was interrupted on his trip on the road to Damascus. He would later become Paul, the apostle who would write more than half of the New Testament. Their interruptions became their new “to-do-list” from God.
When our great season becomes not-so-great, God will use these times to stretch our faith. He can do a new thing in our lives. An interrupted life can reveal whether we are standing on the Rock or sinking sand. Do I trust God with the details of my life, and the interruptions? Is His grace sufficient? Will I find that He is enough to sustain and give strength for the season? Yes, yes, and yes!
What will you do with your interruptions? I hope you will lean on these words.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” – (Proverbs 3:5-6)