Divine “Interruptions”

Let me tell you about a beautiful thing that just happened to us. So three days a week, I watch my grandbaby while my daughter works. The other three days a week, I work with Will (my hubby) in our lawn care business. Well today in southeast Texas it is raining, so he couldn’t work and we are watching our sweet little grandbaby together. I was waiting for him to go down for a nap because I knew I wanted to write a blog post. I wasn’t quite sure what it was going to be about but my heart has been longing to write.

In my quiet time, I’m still going through the Psalms-usually one each morning. The Lord didn’t move me to share anything particularly from there yesterday or today. After my quiet time this morning, I met with our beautiful sister in Pakistan to go through Job as we do each week, just the two of us. We are in chapter 4, which is the beginning of the conversation between Job and his friends that goes through the majority of the remainder of the book. What we learned from today’s study is that each of us can only see things from our limited earthly perspective. We all have experiences, personalities, and preconceived ideas that shape how we view God and circumstances that we face in our life and we don’t see the big picture. Eliphaz gave his view of Job’s situation and tried to convince Job that he MUST have sinned and needed to repent, and that all of these tragedies were happening in his life due to God’s hand of judgment for his unconfessed sin. Have you ever had someone accuse you of something falsely? Especially a brother or sister in Christ? And most of all, to say that you are in sin against God when you feel that your conscience is clear and you haven’t done what they are accusing you of? If so, then you can empathize with Job. I know I can. This is extremely hurtful and can feel like they are kicking you when you’re down, so to speak. So my takeaway from today’s reading is that we should, as James says, 19Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20Human angerg does not produce the righteousnessh God desires. “) Sometimes the best thing we can say is nothing at all. But rather just be there for our friends and loved ones, especially when they are going through hard times. We are not all-knowing and we cannot get in the mind of God. We need to love our neighbors as ourselves and be an encouragement to their life.

I wasn’t sure I was going to share that but this is what the Holy Spirit just prompted me to write so that’s what I’m going with. But the other thing that happened, which I absolutely wanted to share about here is this: do you allow yourself to be divinely interrupted? What does that even mean? It was a thought that just came to me as I opened my computer to write and it’s what is compelling me to share with all of you today’s event. If you have read any of my other blog posts (which I hope you have!) or have listened to our podcast (please do that too!) or have followed us on social media/YouTube (go do it now, please!), you have heard us talk about our ministry and things that the Lord does in our daily life by giving us all kinds of divine appointments. I think we may actually do a podcast tonight over this, so stay tuned…

Anyway, if you’ve been following us at all, you know that God has turned our hearts in a huge way toward Pakistan. We have developed some of the most blessed, meaningful relationships inside our walk with Christ yet with the people of this land. We work side by side and hand in hand with several different individuals, families, and groups there and we are so excited every time the Lord opens a door for us to meet another person in this land. That is what just happened to us today…we met a young man who is 19 years old and is a mighty man of God, traveling from house to house in his village sharing the Word of God with everyone he comes into contact with. He tells us there are 40+ families that he visits and none of them own a Bible, so he shares all that he can with them and he wants to be a pastor so badly, as he has never seen a pastor in his village since his childhood. The people are starving for Christ there and are so eager to learn more and follow Him. This is exactly what we are seeing in every circle of influence we have been invited into in Pakistan! It is AMAZING. The people are the kindest, most gentle, loving, trusting souls we have ever met in our life. God has ripe and ready fields of harvest there, but truly the workers are few. We are trying everything we can to see how we can make more of an impact there, as we are limited to what we can do through technology. But we are so grateful to at least have this. It is the medium that God has used to connect our hearts to His people 8500 miles away, and we are using it every single day to help others grow in their walks with Christ, but wow how WE are growing right alongside them! I am going to make another post very soon and tell of all the miraculous things we have seen God do in the past 4 months and also tell how you can get involved if the Lord so moves your heart.

But back to what happened today, this young man and his family invited us to join in their time of nightly family worship (it’s 9pm there, 11am here) and of course we were honored to be welcomed into their home and their special time of devotion to the Lord. We got to speak with them and get to know them a little and then we all prayed together and their family sang 2 worship songs in Urdu (their beautiful language, which we do not speak but always love to hear it spoken and/or sung) and read a Psalm together. The two songs were beautiful and I’m going to go ahead and put them here in case you need a good reminder.

Psalm 24:

1The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it.

The world and all its people belong to him.

2For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas

and built it on the ocean depths.

3Who may climb the mountain of the LORD?

Who may stand in his holy place?

4Only those whose hands and hearts are pure,

who do not worship idols

and never tell lies.

5They will receive the LORD’s blessing

and have a right relationship with God their savior.

6Such people may seek you

and worship in your presence, O God of Jacob.a

Interlude

7Open up, ancient gates!

Open up, ancient doors,

and let the King of glory enter.

8Who is the King of glory?

The LORD, strong and mighty;

the LORD, invincible in battle.

9Open up, ancient gates!

Open up, ancient doors,

and let the King of glory enter.

10Who is the King of glory?

The LORD of Heaven’s Armies—

he is the King of glory.

Psalm 136:

1Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good!

His faithful love endures forever.

2Give thanks to the God of gods.

His faithful love endures forever.

3Give thanks to the Lord of lords.

His faithful love endures forever.

4Give thanks to him who alone does mighty miracles.

His faithful love endures forever.

5Give thanks to him who made the heavens so skillfully.

His faithful love endures forever.

6Give thanks to him who placed the earth among the waters.

His faithful love endures forever.

7Give thanks to him who made the heavenly lights—

His faithful love endures forever.

8the sun to rule the day,

His faithful love endures forever.

9and the moon and stars to rule the night.

His faithful love endures forever.

10Give thanks to him who killed the firstborn of Egypt.

His faithful love endures forever.

11He brought Israel out of Egypt.

His faithful love endures forever.

12He acted with a strong hand and powerful arm.

His faithful love endures forever.

13Give thanks to him who parted the Red Sea.a

His faithful love endures forever.

14He led Israel safely through,

His faithful love endures forever.

15but he hurled Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea.

His faithful love endures forever.

16Give thanks to him who led his people through the wilderness.

His faithful love endures forever.

17Give thanks to him who struck down mighty kings.

His faithful love endures forever.

18He killed powerful kings—

His faithful love endures forever.

19Sihon king of the Amorites,

His faithful love endures forever.

20and Og king of Bashan.

His faithful love endures forever.

21God gave the land of these kings as an inheritance—

His faithful love endures forever.

22a special possession to his servant Israel.

His faithful love endures forever.

23He remembered us in our weakness.

His faithful love endures forever.

24He saved us from our enemies.

His faithful love endures forever.

25He gives food to every living thing.

His faithful love endures forever.

26Give thanks to the God of heaven.

His faithful love endures forever.

Just wonderful reminders to each of us about God’s character and attributes and who we should be, in Christ. His sweet sister then read to us all Psalm 100, which solidified all of this to our hearts:

1Shout with joy to the LORD, all the earth!

2Worship the LORD with gladness.

Come before him, singing with joy.

3Acknowledge that the LORD is God!

He made us, and we are his.a

We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

4Enter his gates with thanksgiving;

go into his courts with praise.

Give thanks to him and praise his name.

5For the LORD is good.

His unfailing love continues forever,

and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

We then prayed again for them and for the ministry that God has put in the heart of this young man, that God would provide all that he needs to see this bear much fruit in the lives of the people in his village and beyond. We asked and he shared with us that a single Bible there costs $7, so in order for each family to receive one Bible, it would cost $280 USD. We are already praying that God will meet and exceed this need. We have seen Him do so much more than this and we believe He will make a way for His people to have His Word. We also have set up a twice-weekly time of meeting with him to have Bible study and discipleship as we are doing with our other groups.

What an incredible blessing this was and imagine if we’d not allowed ourselves to be divinely “interrupted” in this way? We would have missed out on something so precious and so valuable…this beautiful family who took time out of their day to invite us in and welcome us so warmly and allow us a glimpse into their life and a moment spent before the throne of grace worshipping the King of Glory together as the family of God…8500 miles apart but united in Spirit. Wow…I always hope to encourage you to open your eyes and your heart to opportunities you may otherwise miss, as God is always looking for those who are faithful to His call.

Let’s be about the Father’s business. God bless you all!

7 Comments

  1. Well, my wife and I was traveling yesterday to see my older daughter to get married. We got into a fender bender, one that caused only cosmetic damage. The other person that hit us pulled over on the side of the road obviously fearful because this was the first accident that she had been in. I asked if we could pray, she agreed, and we prayed with her before the police came. It was not only a divine interaction but a divine accident as Lord was with us all the way. 😇

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    1. Wow, praise God!!! Thank you so much for sharing this story with me!!!! What a beautiful response you had to this situation, to comfort this young lady at a high stress time for both of you. Amen and amen, this is a wonderful testimony to the way God works in our lives!!!

      Thank you again and God bless you! I’m going to pray for you and this young lady right now and ask God that this was an opportunity for her to be drawn by His Spirit through your example!!! 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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      1. Praise God!!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 His followers should be out there drawing others to Christ at every turn, so when we just keep our eyes open, we will begin to see so many opportunities to shine His light and love!! Thank you so much for your encouragement…it really means a lot in these days! God bless you and your wife, brother.

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