Confession – I love a peaceful, easy existence. I like a life that is full and thriving. I enjoy a life that is secure and controlled. I don’t think am alone in this – most human beings don’t like change. I read somewhere that the only person who likes change is a wet baby.
The thing about the uninterrupted life is that we are not always aware of its un-interruptededness (excuse my made-up word). We don’t always know that we normal, ordinary, in need of a change, for the next level. Many of us are persuaded we are doing all we know to do.
And not that we do not desire more. Like all dreamers, we do. But we do not understand the depths or heights needed for the next level.
There are changes we can’t make by ourselves. It takes God. It takes Him stepping in and interrupting the rhythm of our lives.
Twelve months ago, as my husband and I made the 8,000-mile trip from Kenya to a new country of residence – the United States – we had no idea just how much God had stepped into the ordinariness of our lives and had changed it’s rhythm
Back home, we were in full-throttle purpose pursuit. Life was not perfect but we could see where we were going. We loved our church, our career and business, our couples group, our ministry involvement, and our food.
But God had more in store. And to get us there, He needed to change a few things around.
Most of us typically respond to change with resistance. Oh yes, we may start with excitement, but as reality weighs in, the doubts soars.
I know I yearned, no, bawled for my former life. I grieved and told Him I couldn’t stand the changes in our daily lives, work, ministry, relationships.
I am still adjusting, still learning. But I have learned a couple of things.
Why the interruptions
Without interruption, we will never be aware of the places we need to change.
We will not understand our capacity to change.
We remain unaware of our potential.
We may never understand just how big and able God is.
God changes our rhythm in order to dig out and change those deep ingrained behaviors, thinking, and habits that keep us from where He needs us to go. Attitudes we carry but remain totally oblivious to.
Unless God interrupts your life, your dream may never come to pass. Because you never grow the muscles necessarily to bring it forth. Muscles which grow during change, discomfort, pain, transition.
What to do when He interrupts the rhythm of your life (a new job, a new baby, marriage, new culture, new school e.t.c )
1. Stay at His feet
Meditate on His word, get closer to Him. Don’t run away. Don’t fizzle out and die because you need Him now more than ever.
Stay close and learn the lessons He needs you to learn. He is a God of purpose and is leading you somewhere. Learn what it is. Prepare. Do what you need to. Start small, listen and learn.
2. Do not compare yourself with the uninterrupted.
Don’t compare yourself to those that are walking without a limp (read Jacob’s story). Your life is different, learn to run your race. You are not normal or ordinary. God has a plan for you and you alone and the only way it will materialize is if you learn to be comfortable with being different. Every person has their season. You must accept, understand, and live your season.
3. Understand that God sends us to lonely deserted place when He’s making major inner changes – in order to bring major outer changes.
You cannot come to and thrive in a new level with old thinking. You need a mind change. And it’s difficult for God to catch your attention when you are ambling along, busy, and connected to the common.
God needs you alone – focused, alert, willing, pliable, vulnerable. And such changes happen best in lonely places. Places of quietness and depth and of solitude and need.
Don’t try to fight to have all your friends and family join you in this journey. It’s yours. You don’t have to explain it to everybody. Not everyone will get it (you also don’t get it all). Be at peace being alone in the desert. It’s a season and it shall soon be over.
What has been your experience when it comes to change? Has God ever interrupted the rhythm of your life?