We plan, organize and set goals. I totally do all those things. However, sometimes life gets interrupted. What we know as “normal” must be put on hold. It could be something as simple as a friend needing your immediate help, to something more trying like a health issue, to something life changing like a move from one state to another. Life will have its share of interruptions from time to time so we need to be prepared for them. Four things we can do are:
1. Relax. Relaxing keeps stress at bay. Stress during an interruption in life works against us. Stress hinders us from having a handle on our emotions, making good decisions and affects us physically by causing things like illness and weight gain. Relaxing allows us to focus on the situation calmly and with a clear mind. We are told to “not be anxious about anything.” (Philippians 4:6) So breathe and relax when an interruption happens in your life.
2. Relinquish. One of the hardest things to do is let go of the reins when life is turned upside down. It can be difficult to hand over control and give it to God because we think we know better. Yet it is the right thing to do. Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you.” We don’t have to carry it because God is able to do far more than we can ask for or think of (Ephesians 3:20) and He knows what is best. Relinquishing is simply trusting God with the situation and allowing Him to work his purpose in our life.
3. Reach. Often when life throws us a curve ball, we turn to family and friends first. Instead, we should reach out to our heavenly Father. Proverbs 18:10 reminds us, “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” Falling to our knees and reaching out to God should be our first course of action when life is interrupted for any reason. Then, we ought to “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.“ (Colossians 4:2)
4. Rejoice. An interruption in life doesn’t always cause us to rejoice, especially if it is an illness or an unexpected change. However, we need to remember “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24) Rejoicing gives us a different perspective on our situation. It doesn’t mean we’re happy per se if the interruption is a sad or difficult one. It does mean we are able to be content and grab a hold of hope in any given situation that challenges us. God is sovereign and we can rejoice in that. “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
Relax. Relinquish. Reach. Rejoice. Four things we ought to do when life is interrupted in any way from what we are comfortable with. And friend, our lives will have interruptions. They’re inevitable but we can find comfort in knowing that the Lord is with us through each and every one of them. “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.‘ ” (Revelation 21:3)