Pardon the Interruption

Psalm 51:17 — The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise (NIV).

There’s a verse from an old song that says, “Brokenness, brokenness is what I long for. Brokenness is what I need. Brokenness, brokenness is what You want from me.” What an amazing truth! Brokenness is vital if God is going to be able to do anything in and through you.

As I studied the word broken, I came across many definitions and synonyms, but one really grabbed my attention. Another word for broken is interrupted. God wants us to be willing to allow Him to interrupt our lives.

Most people get aggravated when they are interrupted for anything. Just tonight, before I sat down to write this, I was watching the World Series (my hometown team was playing). Like most men, I don’t necessarily care to be distracted while I’m watching my favorite teams play, especially if they are playing in the championship series!

My youngest son Jack came into the room and stood right in the path between me and the television. (And it was not on commercial!) Jack is one of those children that keeps saying what he wants over and over and over until you acknowledge him with a response. He started asking me repeatedly for a drink of water. I tried to ignore him and look around him, but he kept maneuvering himself between me and the TV, while firing off his drink request machinegun style.

Needless to say, I was aggravated. I did not want to get him a drink of water. He didn’t need one, and I was trying to watch the game! Then he pooched out his bottom lip and started to tear up. I immediately felt six inches tall. I got him some water.

One of the most miserable feelings in the world is rejection. Nobody wants to be rejected. Yet every time you don’t allow God to interrupt you, you reject Him. I wonder how many times I have grieved the heart of my Maker because I’ve been unwilling to bend my schedule for Him. I pray for you to be broken today.

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