Have you ever set out to do one thing only to end up doing something else? Have you thought you were going to get time to spend alone with God only to find someone else needed you? Have you gone to pray to be interrupted by something else?
If your life is anything like mine, you often find yourself being redirected to do something other than what you planned. That’s not to say they are bad things, just different. In fact, there are times when the thing you were redirected to is far more important.
But being redirected can be frustrating at times, can’t it? You set out for a quiet spot to meditate and discover there is a gaggle going on there. Paul found this while he was in Philippi. As it turned out, it was good that he went there. He was able to talk with some women and convince at least one and her entire household to become followers of Jesus.
We may have experienced something similar. We may have intended to have a quiet afternoon of meditation only to be interrupted by someone who was seeking the truth. We take the opportunity to tell them about Jesus and they decide to believe. What an awesome disruption for us!
We don’t care for disruptions much, but disruptions can be extremely positive. The automobile was disruptive. The telephone was disruptive. Computers were disruptive. Any new invention is disruptive, and typically for the good. Paul experienced a disruption. We may experience a disruption. But that disruption may be just the opportunity we need to talk about Jesus and have a positive impact on someone else.
I pray we all accept disruptions with a positive attitude. I pray we turn disruptions into positive impact situations. I pray each one of us uses a disruption to see what God wants us to do to fulfill His plan. Seek God’s plan. Look for His plan in disruptions. View a disruption in a positive manner. Maintain a positive attitude. Take advantage of disruptions.
Acts 16:13 On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there.