It's been 3 1/2 months since we sat together in a beautiful room and listened to Jen Wilkin remind us of Biblical truth. That room - where it was so easy to worship, laugh, manage out time, listen for God's voice, and be inspired to chase after God on a deeper level.
I miss that room, don't you?
If you are anything like me, you had great intentions of taking that "room" back home with you. Back to tackle the chaos, responsibilities, and expectations that awaited you. Back to your home, your job, your family. You had a vision of what the next few weeks and months was going to look like as you left that room.
But life seems to be full of interruptions that pull us away from those great intentions. In the last 3 months, I've had 2 cars with significant issues, a flooded basement, $200 worth of homeschool curriculum stolen, a bulging disk in my back . . . interruptions, interruptions, interruptions.
Interruptions, although bothersome and hard, tend to serve a good purpose in our relationship with Christ. They seem to bring out the raw in you. You "meet" the you that you don't know exists until there is a lot of pressure put on you.
Interruptions take the Bible reading, put together, Christian girl who is refreshed and energized by Christ and make her exhausted and distracted from all that room had promised.
But interruptions are also what make that room real. Interruptions show us burdens we are holding on to that aren't really ours to hold. Interruptions show us where we are holding on to our self, our desires, our control intend of releasing our burden and giving it all to God.
"Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Put My yoke upon your shoulders - it might appear heavy at first, but it is perfectly fitted to your curves. Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart. When you are yoked to me, your weary souls will find rest. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30 (The Voice)
Interruptions appear "heavy at first". They keep you from accomplishing goals, finishing projects, being in a good mood. But interruptions are perfectly fitted for you. They are the things that point out where you need to quit controlling, fearing, grasping, holding on tightly. They show you where you are not yoked to God.
So today, think back to that room, where you stood with your arms raised as you worshipped the God Who created all, sustains all, and is over all. What was it you wanted to submit to God? What was it you intended to change as you left that room? Have interruptions distracted you? Exhausted you? Burdened you?
I pray today we let go of the inconvenience of interruptions distracting you and embrace the reminder to fasten yourself to God because there your "weary souls will find rest."
Kari Minter is Women's Ministry Coordinator at Westwind Church, Waukee, Iowa. She's wife to Brent, mom to 3 awesome kids, and a partner in all kinds of crazy at 1229Ministries.