Jan
09

Why Does God Interrupt My Plans?

Do you ever feel your life is full of many “almost made it” opportunities? The interruptions of life continually prevent you from accomplishing your goal and living out your dream. You almost got the promotion, almost got married, almost won the competition, almost got into that college, almost bought the house, almost had a baby, almost beat cancer…

They can happen to us or even our loved ones, either way they put a sharp curve in the road, taking us in another direction, to a destination we have no desire to visit.

Some times these are self-invoked and happen because we (or another around us) turned the steering wheel in the wrong direction due to a bad decision – texting while driving, cheating on our taxes, shaving our legs with a dull razor.  (Uh…TMI on that last one?)

Other times we’re driving innocently down our path when God, for some unknown reason, sticks a “detour” sign in the middle of the road. Instead of our intended direct route, He sends us on the scenic one and it feels as if we’re wasting, or losing, time in the process.

Many (many) years ago I was a dancer, a hip-hop dancer (Yep, makes me laugh too, but I was not bad for a white girl, ha). I was getting hired in small jobs around Atlanta and working my name into the business. I was a new Christian and figured I could use music and dance as a ministry to reach the younger generation. It would meet a need.

However, right as my dancing began to take off, God called me into missions. I fought it hard initially but the calling into missions never went away. In fact it grew the more I opened my mind to it.

While in Russia I met a guy who was also a missionary. He became my best friend and remained a friend until four years later, when we began dating and soon married. We continued in missions and traveled all over the world and now have two wonderful kids and have begun our own publishing company.

I don’t share this to brag on me but instead on God and the adventure He gave me via a “detour” sign. You see, if I had of ignored the “detour” sign in the road, I would have never met Mark. I’m sure God would have still blessed my hip-hop dancing ministry, but it would have been without Mark.

I’ve recently begun Priscilla Shirer’s bible study, Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted. She teaches that life’s interruptions are often God’s divine interventions.

I joke now about my dancing but at the time it was a very, very hard dream to let go. I didn’t understand why God would give me the gift and desire to dance, only to take it away. In a way, I still don’t. But, I do know is that I would do it all again.

When you follow God’s scenic route, it may take longer. The road may not be as smooth. The curves may even make you carsick. BUT…it will be a great adventure and so worth any discomfort and extra time it takes.

How do you handle God’s divine interventions?

Do you have an advice to offer anyone who may be facing a curve in their road?

BTW – if you are looking for a good study to do – check out Priscilla Shirer’s Jonah study. I LOVE her stuff!

Comments

  1. Wow….this is exactly my life right now. Gifted, experienced, and obedient, ready to take the leadership of my church’s entire music department, brought so close to it that I could taste it, and…detour. I don’t understand it either. It was my dream work. God gave me the desire and gifts from the time I was a little girl, to do this. But you’re right…could it be that God has another plan…one even more amazing? One that maybe I will be more effective in for the Kingdom? Was I as obedient as I had thought? Was being the Worship Minister an…idol to me?

    Now I’m relying on God to show me HIS plan for my life, and I’m so excited to see what it will be, because when it’s God’s plan, we know that it will work, and will be the more effective and farther-reaching plan!

    Thank you for posting this!! Very encouraging to me.

  2. Laurie Russell says:

    Hey LeAnn!

    Thanks for sharing! I’m right with you and totally understand what you’re feeling. I’ve had the same questions and thoughts. However, your response to it sounds awesome, as if you’re truly trusting in God to direct you.

    I really want to encourage you to check out the Priscilla Shirer study on Jonah. I’m doing it now and it’s amazing how it’s helped me. I want to share a quote with you from it that really spoke to me and may help you.

    “Note that God didn’t change what He wanted Jonah to do. Jonah was still called to declare God’s message. God just altered where and to whom Jonah was to do it.”

    I love that. Another thing she points out (in so many words) is that Jonah was just your ordinary prophet and wasn’t mentioned in the Bible until God intervened, redirected him and allowed him to be part of the greatest revival in human history – even Jesus mentioned him in the New Testament. God took ordinary and made it extraordinary.

    Hang in there my friend. God sees the purity of your heart. It’ll be exciting to see how He uses it and your gift combined!!

    Laurie

    • Thanks so much for this reply. I will definitely check out her study! I know I’m still called to full time ministry (have been doing part time/volunteer/ stipend for many years), but true…I think God closed a door in one place to open a new door in another. Thanks, again.

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