Sometimes God “interupts” our lives by putting a call in our lives to preach, to teach, to pray more, to love that homeless guy you drove past, to reach out to an old friend… Although, I have most recently learned these are not interruptions they are what Priscilla Shirer describes as a “Divine Intervention”.
I felt like I needed to share a current situation in my life right now to maybe open your eyes to how often we ignore God’s Divine Intervention because we just don’t see it for exactly what it is. A divine call from the God who created you, the world, and Everything Inside of it.
When someone hits a point in their life where the end is near we find ourselves filled with a tornado of emotions. We get the phone call or the text and we instantly get that lump in our throats as we start to feel an overwhelming sadness that can be quickly followed by guilt IF we haven’t spent enough time with that person. I experienced that late last night when I discovered my aunt Linda was put into Hospice.
I remember when my nana passed away it was the hardest death I’ve ever faced in my 23 years of life & at the funeral I promised my aunt Linda I would spend more time.. I would make it a point to see her, to talk with her, to just be with her the way I wish I would have before I lost my nana. As the months passed I found myself “busier” and “busier”.. I can’t help but think “wow I fell short of that promise”.. Today, I dove into the book of Jonah and the way he ran from God and I think to myself “isn’t that sometimes what we do”? In my situation God had clearly put it on my heart to spend time with my aunt Linda but I decided to ignore that.
You see, sometimes, we don’t realize that God can call us to do many things. Sometimes we have it in our heads that if God is going to speak it’s going to be just like Jonah. He is going to speak and tell us to go save a city. I have to wonder, what if when God speaks it isn’t to move mountains but it’s to go spend time with your aunt? To go see your little brother? To carry a kit in your car you hand to homeless people you see? What if when God speaks to us it isn’t always about reviving a broken city, what if it’s to revive our own relationships?
Today, I challenge you to stop what you are doing and talk to God. Of course I mean prayer, but I mean deeper than the “Dear God I love you Amen” prayer I mean, “Lord, I promise to be obedient when you speak to me please speak to me.” Then, listen. After you have listened I challenge you to go one step deeper and ACT. I challenge you to take what the Lord has placed upon your heart and run there.
On the day of my Nanas funeral I heard and listened to God’s words he spoke to me but I failed to act on his Divine Intervention. My prayer for you today is that you know to ACT once your hear him even if you aren’t required to change a city.
“But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.” – Jonah 1:3
Do not flee from the Lord, listen to his divine intervention in your life BIG or small. Take action to be a “Doer” to the things he places on your heart. May God be with my beautiful Aunt Linda in these final moments and please allow my Nana to be standing there with open arms next to the Lord as they welcome her into the kingdom.