But Romans 12: 1-2 has been in my thoughts lately:
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."
Which makes me think: what if the interruptions are part of God's will?
When I think of "God's will"--I think of the future--His plan. Big ideas and decisions. But life is lived out in moments, and it's the details of those moments that matter.
So today I chose to (try) to look at my "interruptions" as part of His will. Seeing how they fit in the great scheme of things. If I didn't, some things I would have missed:
~my daughter interrupting me in dinner to show me her fairy house she built outside. If I would have reacted differently, she might have decided to leave me be and not show me her creation again.
~daughter 3 interrupting me for a little "love time". If I would have dismissed her she might not have gotten her "love cup" full.
~my husband calling me to tell me he "just wanted to hear my voice." Nice, right?
~and lastly, best of all, daughter 2 interrupting me while I am on the phone (which she knows is not ok, but did it anyway) to tell me she "asked Jesus into her heart that day when daddy was outside with [son] and I was in the kitchen doing work".
I was on hold, anyway.
So, I hung it up, kneeled down on her level, looked her right in the eyes and said, "I know you did, honey. I know you did. "
I know of no greater simplifier for all of life. Whatever happens is assigned. Does the intellect balk at that? Can we say that there are things that happen to us that do not belong to our lovingly assigned "portion"("This belongs to it, that does not") Are some things, then, out of the control of the Almighty? Every assignment is measured and controlled for my eternal good. As I accept the given portion, other options are canceled. Decisions become much easier, directions clearer, and hence my heart becomes inexpressibly quieter. A quiet heart is content with what God gives.
Revisiting this post after reading this great devotional here.