Embracing Interruption

Our dog is a brat. She’s a diva. Just today I was starting to demo our kitchen for a remodel and each hit of the hammer was greeted with a playful bark. I could tell it was playful because her tail was wagging. To me, though, it was annoying. She even knocked over her water bowl in the process, getting a little too excited. I tried to tell her to stop, but she wasn’t going to stop until I did. It was like a game to her.

Now, there are times for games and there are times for business. To me, it usually seems like there’s always business and never games ("business" being whatever task I am working on). And if you know me well, you'd know that I’m not someone who goes with the flow of things. I’m someone who plans out 90% of my day. So when business is interrupted, I usually get irritated.

But why?

Is God irritated when we come to him in our times of need? Certainly not. So something is not right here. As Jordan said on Sunday, “Divine acceptance is the one thing that trumps human rejection”.

When I heard that, I thought, That’s a good word right there. But then I sat on it and realized that I couldn’t relate to that at the moment. I didn’t have any obvious enemies that were against me and suffocating the life out of me; I didn’t necessarily feel rejected in any way.

Today, I realized that I could be the human that is rejecting others. By putting my selfish plans first, I essentially put everything and everyone else who could interrupt those plans on hold. I don’t accept them into my life; I reject them and put them aside. Today’s instance may be my dog, but tonight’s instance could be my wife. And my rejection stands in the face of God’s acceptance, and God’s acceptance humiliates it.

So how do I change? It starts with accepting that God has accepted me. And not only that, but that interruption is God’s invitation.

God is inviting us to see him all around us, in the lives of others, in our conversations, in our serving those in need. Interruption is not simply a matter of our heart developing patience; it’s about experiencing true life. It is one of God’s ways of waking us up to what’s around us to see there’s more to be done than our self-appointed tasks for the day, as important as they may seem.
— Joseph Tenney

If God is teaching me things through interruption, then embracing them is a must.

About the Author: Jaret is originally from Sugar Land, TX, but moved to Ann Arbor with his wife after graduating from Texas A&M to be an engineer for Toyota. They now live in Ypsilanti and have a puppy for a child. Jaret loves community and making friends, and can’t get enough of these Michigan summers!