Interruptions and Routines

See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 43:19

It’s often said that God likes to interrupt our best-laid plans – that the Holy Spirit works not in the way we expect, but rather through a series of sacred interruptions that overturn our routines and our expectations and our preconceived ideas. Along with this idea comes the implication that we need to make sure we’re open to these interruptions – not so wedded to our day-planners and task-lists that we say no to God when he comes knocking, because he didn’t send a Google Calendar invitation.

And all this is true! But it’s also true that for there to be any sort of interruption, there must be something going on to interrupt. I’ve come to realise it’s also possible for me to go too far in the other direction – to avoid any sort of fixed regime out of fear of becoming too tied down to any one thing at a particular moment, in a misguided desire to be more open to the Spirit’s promptings. The result is an unfocused mind – one that isn’t disciplined enough to discern God’s voice apart from my own untethered thoughts.

We still need discipline and routine, only not to make an idol of it. When God comes crashing into our daily schedule, we need to be ready to lay it all to one side and follow Him without hesitation. But this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have such a schedule in the first place.

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