Hello Blogging Friends! Have I told y'all how excited I am to be joining with all of you on this study? When I was given my choices of what books to study this summer, my heart immediately related with the title of this book: Jonah, Navigating a Life Interrupted. Reading these words, I thought "Well, my life sure has been interrupted during this past year;" thinking back to when the twins were born twelve weeks premature. As I opened the workbook and began to read the "About the Author" page, I soon learned about Priscilla's view on life's interruptions. She says, "Interruptions. They come in all sizes and shapes. All colors and shades. Good and bad. Though we wish to avoid them, every season of life seems to include a few - sometimes on either end of the same day. As we're coming up for air from the devastation on one, a fresh and exciting interruption takes our breath away, challenging us with new responsibilities, leaving us feeling inadequate and outmatched. They shock us; they shake us; they compel us to change. Sometimes they make us wonder if God even cares."
Wow. Can I get an amen for that one?!!! After our huge interruption of the girls being born so premature, I prayed in some ways for my life to stay steady without interruptions. I thought to myself, "I just can't handle another big thing right now." I needed time to adjust and rest from the interruption that I had faced. God honored that time over this year and began to prepare my heart for my next "interruption." Friends, I truly believe that the more I share with all of you, the more you relate and can see God working in your own lives. What I'm about to share is very personal but it fits so beautifully with this message that I can't keep it to myself. Besides, it is God's work in my life; not my own so it isn't really mine to keep, is it? As I've mentioned on the blog, one desire that I believe is from God and for God is my desire to write. I have struggled with the truth in this; wondering if it was even worthwhile. Yet, the more I wrote on the blog, the more I felt used by God. After our NICU experience, I didn't want our journey to end...I wanted a chance to still tell people of the amazing grace that God showed us through that dark storm of life. So, I began to write our story...more in a book format. I was so scared to begin but felt His loving hand telling me not to be afraid. Hadn't he just taught me about overcoming my fears? Now, six months later, I signed up to attend a national writer's conference called She Speaks. It took months of figuring out our budget and being brave enough to sign up but eventually I filled out the registration form only to find out that the conference was closed. My name was put on the waiting list and I was #279. My chances of going were slim so I convinced myself that it was okay not to go this year. The conference is the weekend of my birthday, so one night at dinner Raleigh and I started to make other plans for that weekend. Just the next day, I received an e-mail saying that they had opened up a slot for me and 249 other women. I couldn't believe it! Had God really just done that for me? I mean, I was #279 - how did I even get bumped up to #250? It had to be God.
So, I'm registered and scared to death. I have so much to do to prepare for this conference. I don't feel ready and am so afraid that I'm going to embarrass myself. In preparing for this conference, I keep facing interruptions and can't seem to get all my work done. So, I've begun to stress. I have realized that this is my new life interruption. God is asking me to give this to Him so He can take care of the details. He is asking me to trust Him with this conference, and not to be anxious. Didn't I learn these things last year? But, here I am, being taught the same lesson again. You see, Priscilla goes on to explain interruptions in week one's homework. She says that life interruptions can be seen as divine interventions. She uses this equation:
Insignificant Person + Insignificant Task = Interruption
Significant Person + Significant Task = Divine Intervention
You see, we are a lot like Jonah. He was a prophet and God asked him to go spread His word in Nineveh, a land that Jonah despised. His life was interrupted and it was up to him to choose to follow God (Divine Intervention) or to allow this to be another interruption. In closing, I want to ask y'all this: What is God doing in your life right now? How has your life been interrupted?
I would love for this to be a time of sharing between our blog community. If you feel comfortable, please leave your comment below. I also want to take this time to let you know that if you want to talk more in-depth about an interruption in your life, you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. This week, I want you to go purchase the workbook at your local bookstore. Start week one's homework. It is five days and takes about 20 minutes a day to complete. Do your best to have all five days finished before next Wednesday. At that time, we will discuss week one's homework and also get prepped for week two.
In Priscilla's words, "Let's have a whale of a time!" :)
Till next time, let your light shine!