Any parent of young children knows what it’s like to be interrupted. A lot.
Crying newborns. Urgent potty trips. Stomach bugs. Hungry tummies. Big messes. Little-kid squabbles. New pregnancies. Children with a sixth sense for needing something as soon as you get on the phone.
He tells us that what we do for the least of His children, we do for Him. Every single day, I am interrupted by God many times in the form of these people He has given me to love and serve.
Family life can be a particularly intense school of holiness. So much of my daily life as a wife and mother tests my spiritual strengths and weaknesses. (Have you ever tried to clean homemade slime off computer equipment? See below.) But exercising my patience in the small moments of family life has helped me to be more patient with more serious interruptions in my life.
As mature adult Christians, we have to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God. We have to try our best to discern His will and to make responsible plans accordingly. But then there’s the fine line to walk of not over-planning our lives. We have to be open to letting Him drop changes into our laps. New directions. New people. New babies. Closing doors. Opening doors. Busy times. Quiet times. Times of sickness. Times of plenty. Times of need.
I’d have loved for my life so far to be nice and linear (but it hasn’t been, at times). I’d love at this moment to know what X, Y and Z in my life will look like in ten years.
I have learned, though, that God writes straight with crooked lines. While tested occasionally, that knowledge gives my life a wonderful sort of underlying steadiness.
This quote from St. Teresa of Calcutta has stayed up on my kitchen chalkboard for months now:
We are at Jesus’ disposal. If he wants you to be sick in bed, if he wants you to proclaim his work in the street, if he wants you to clean toilets all day, that’s all right. Everything is all right. We must say, ‘I belong to you. You can do whatever you like.’ And this is our strength. This is the joy of the Lord.”