My Interruptions 

Ironically, I had made up my mind not to attend to ANYBODY until I had cleared up the stuff I scheduled to work on today. I failed. For some reason, my students kept interupting my flow to get something done for them. ‘Aunty, can I have this?’ ‘Aunty can I have that?’ ‘Aunty, what do you think of this?’ ‘Aunty, can you imagine that?’ ‘Aunty, please listen to my essay.’ ‘Aunty, he called me a frog, she called me a monkey.’ ‘Aunty, we came for a hug.’ All these caused me to realize my ‘stuff’ would have to wait. I just spent over three hours attending to my special darlings. 

Good thing I’d already made up my mind since yesterday: I won’t mindlessly lose my peace over every interruption.
God is in the interruptions . You’ve probably heard that before. *I’ve* heard that before. But yesterday, driving home from church and listening to a random preacher on a random radio station, I got it. I finally got it.

When things go smoothly, that’s my plan. When there are interruptions that I didn’t forsee or even want, that’s God’s plan. He willed or allowed those things to happen. To fight them is to fight His permissive will. So, getting irritated or trying not to have interruptions is missing out on the joy of being part of God’s plan.

Why do little interruptions occur? As I meditated on this topic last night, I realized they accomplish one of three purposes in our lives (and the ‘best’ interruptions accomplish all three):

1) Interruptions allow us to bless someone else.

When I’m busily typing along and Le Boo wants help finding his wallet, that’s an opportunity to be a blessing to him(…and myself). When I’m trying to get the class to line up and a child asks for help fixing her pinafore, that’s a chance to meet her need. Each time a person interrupts our tasks, we can choose to see ourselves as the hands and feet of God and let Him use us to meet their needs. Or we can sigh and get impatient. It’s totally our decision.

2) Interruptions provide unforseen opportunities and blessings for us . Having a flat tire can mean making an awesome friendship or business connection with someone else who’s waiting at the repair shop. Having to dig through your files for a colleague who needs an extra copy of a form can mean rediscovering that fantastic class activity you’d forgotten and lost. And you never know, having students come to you for every single complaint can turn out to be the perfect opening for a photo-shoot and a blog post. Practice recognizing each little win not as a coincidence, but as a blessing from God and a reward for doing the right thing with the right attitude. You’ll get much more satisfaction that way.

3) Interruptions strengthen our self-discipline. That doesn’t sound like fun, but truthfully, life is a whole lot easier when you have a great deal of self-control and aren’t led by your feelings. Every interruption, if we choose to view it that way, is an opportunity to build our self-discipline. All moments of being tested (even trivial interruptions) produce patience, which produces endurance, maturity, completion, and perfection. If nothing else good comes from an interruption, at least we can know that working through it with a good attitude and a humble heart has planted more seeds of self-control within us which we’ll be happy to reap later on.

We have so many opportunities during the day, especially as teachers, to bless other people through interruptions. We can choose to focus on our agenda that they’re interrupting, or open ourselves up to God’s plan which allows us to be used in ways we never imagined.

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About Ezar

I'm in love with my dreams, married to success and having an affair with life ;) I live for the moments you can't put into words and I dont look back...unless there's a good view.

Posted on January 30, 2017, in Relationship and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Totally true!!!
    God-interruptions!!! Especialy for we who have the day planned out to nano seconds.

    Phew. Help us Jesus. Haha

    Meanwhile I miss you boo

    Muah
    E’

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  2. I feel you, Dumebi. I hate interruptions, especially when Im on my serious mode. I can learn a few things from this post. thanks

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  3. Lolzzzz…he called me a frog/monkey…smh
    Being a teacher must be fun and annoying at the same time.

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  4. Workplace interruptions are tough to address for a number of reasons. Interrupters see their intrusions as harmless, tools make it easier to thoughtlessly ping others, and avoided interruptions can be seen as antisocial (or hostile). Despite the difficulty, our workplaces should take interruptions seriously, and have a strategy for dealing with them. Why? They cost a lot more than you might think.

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  5. The opportunity to come alongside someone doesn’t always present itself when it’s convenient. In fact, it’s usually an interruption. But that shouldn’t surprise us. Much of Jesus’ ministry took place because He welcomed interruption. The woman who touched His cloak, the paralytic lowered through the roof mid-sermon, the disciples waking Him from sleep to calm the storm. Our challenge is this – to keep ourselves open and willing because the chance to be a blessing most often surfaces in unexpected moments.

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  6. It’s amazing how I was debating on this and asking the Holy Spirit to teach me. Thanks boo. This is so on time!!! God bless u

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  7. I just love you…. I’m glad God interrupted your schedule by making you write this!!!!

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  8. When focused on a thing or moment, I usually don’t like interruptions. And sometimes don’t respond well to them.. This is post is enlightening. Thanks.

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  9. I love this post- the subject matter as well as the writing. Your third benefit of interruptions is so true for any teacher who finds joy in the job and actually sees beyond lesson notes and payday.

    I’ve been teaching for over ten years and one could actually be forgiven for thinking that I’ve seen it all. That, is of course, far from the truth. Plenty, I have seen, but the actors keep changing and once you key in that one variable, then everything is new. I still get my patience and self control tested on a regular basis- and this notwithstanding the fact that I’m notorious for being more patient than the vulture.

    Beautiful piece.

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