DISRUPTED – Life is full of disruptions, isn’t it? This past Monday I had surgery as a result of a disruption I had not planned for in my life. We don’t plan for them because we don’t see them coming. While I believe not all of our disruptions are caused by God, many of them are. I have been thinking of the many people we read about in the Bible whose lives were disrupted by God for His purpose. Here are just a few that came to my mind.
David: He was minding the sheep (minding his own business) out in the middle of nowhere. Just one example of the fact that God watches over us even when it seems like we are alone. I’m sure he never in a million years would have dreamed what God had in store for him. However, because of his faith in God, he was bold and obedient to go where God called him. He trusted God and once again, God proved Himself trustworthy.
Joseph: Do you think he recognized the hatred and jealousy of his brothers? I’m sure the thought that they would try to kill him never entered his mind. What a journey he had as a result of a disruption! When we read the story it sounds terrible until we start to see the unfolding of God’s plan in the process. God’s plans always have eternal benefit. Like David, Joseph trusted in God and proved faithful. God had everything under control.
Disciples: They were at work (fishing, collecting taxes) when Jesus disrupted their lives. Has that ever happened to you? God doesn’t just speak to us when we are sitting in pews at church, does He? He calls us when we are in the world. That way our “light” can shine. I always wonder what it was about Jesus that caused them all to drop everything and follow Him. They didn’t ask him the typical “20 questions”, they simply followed Him. Their lives were disrupted in a big way, for God’s glory and God’s purpose.
DEPENDENT – We like to think of ourselves as independent people and to some degree we are but when our lives are disrupted, we come face to face with our dependence upon others. This week I depended upon the surgeon and medical staff to use their skill and knowledge for a successful surgery. I was dependent upon my husband for transportation to and from the hospital, help navigating the stairs when I got home, lifting and carrying things, etc. All of us are dependent upon God. We depend on Him for the air we breathe and everything else that keeps us here on this earth. We can do nothing without God but, All Things Are Possible With God!
David: David was dependent upon God to defeat Goliath, which God did through David. He was dependent upon God to give him strength and power. God delivered in a mighty way and His plan and purpose for David was fulfilled. David was human and made mistakes but he had a heart for God.
Joseph: Joseph depended upon God to hold true to the dreams He had given him, even though from the earthly perspective it seemed impossible. He was dependent upon God to defend him and the truth, even though he suffered consequences of the lies of another. God blessed Joseph and took care of him and his family.
Disciples: They left their homes and livelihoods to follow Christ. They certainly walked out into the unknown. They fully trusted and depended upon Christ. He took care of their spiritual and physical needs, often in miraculous ways. They were dependent upon Him for everything.
DEVOTED – Webster’s 1828 dictionary describes it this way: The state of being dedicated, consecrated, or solemnly set apart for a particular purpose. A solemn attention to the Supreme Being in worship; a yielding of the heart and affections to God, with reverence, faith and piety, in religious duties, particularly in prayer and meditation; devoutness.
When we have had our lives disrupted and been dependent upon others, we tend to be devoted to them. Of course I am devoted to my husband. I love him and he has proven himself to me over and over again. However, both of us are dependent upon God. Devotion to God takes on an entirely new level/dimension. We have known His faithfulness through the generations. Our lives are in His hands. He loved us so much He sent His Son to die for our sins so we could live with Him in a righteous relationship both here and in Heaven. David, Joseph and the Disciples were devoted to God. The next time we are faced with a disruption in our lives, I pray we will take a closer look to see if perhaps it is God disrupting us for His Purposes and His Plan. What He wants from us is our availability, obedience and devotion. Will we give it to Him? He Alone Is Worthy of our full devotion!