As the season starts to change along with the leaves and cooler temperatures that are almost in sight, it has given me pause to consider some recent changes in our lives. In every life there are seasons, and my husband and I found ourselves being called into one of those new seasons and with it there were some changes headed our way. Good changes.
Normally, good changes are welcomed with open arms. A good example is when it is a beautiful spring day, you are inside working taking care of all the things that ‘need’ to be done and a friend or your spouse calls and says let’s go out and enjoy this wonderful weather. Most would jump at the chance to take a break and enjoy the day.
Then there are the times when it seems that just when we get comfortable in the current rhythm of life and everything seems to be flowing along fairly peacefully, something comes up to interrupt the flow. It could be anything from a minor inconvenience to something major. Often when this happens, we fight it, question it, or get annoyed by it. It breaks in our schedule interrupting our plans and often it can even change our course.
In “Life interrupted”, Priscilla Shirer compares the two very different scenarios. She gives the example of the telemarketer who interrupts your dinner vs. the ringing door bell during dinner. We are annoyed by the telemarketer, and probably at first the doorbell, as well, until we see that it’s the Prize Patrol and we are the winner of a large sum of money. It’s about perspective and on what we focus! In this new season we are entering, am I going to focus on the new direction and the good things coming along or am I going to let interruptions knock the wind my sail and rob me of the joy this new season brings?
In John 10:8-10 we are told: “ All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance.”(HCSB)
We live in a world where there will always be trials and troubles. Something will come along to steal our joy, our peace, distract us from the calls on our lives and keep us from being effective in our walk with the Lord. What will we choose when they come, because they will come. James 1:2 makes it clear they will come when it says ” Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.” It doesn’t is if you experience them but when you experience them.
Here is hoping we keep our focus and put first things first when these things come along, giving our burdens over to Jesus and keeping God first. May we tend to the important things and not let the ‘tyranny of the urgent’ take over stealing away precious time, peace and joy.