Have you noticed how interruptions can come along so unexpectedly?
You can be in the middle of a conversation and your child comes up to you, grabbing at your pant leg, seeming to need your immediate attention … and you didn’t even see him coming.
People interrupt us all the time. They step into a conversation as they pass by; they pop their head in your office while you are on the phone.
You can even be telling a story, and when you take a breath, someone interrupts and begins to tell their related story … interrupted again!
Life can get interrupted too … like last fall when I was driving in the dark and out of nowhere a deer crossed my path and crumpled the front corner of my car.
That little interruption cost us a week without a car and the expense of having to buy a new one. (You can read about that here.)
The other day a grapefruit interrupted my life.
Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been doing great physically. I’ve lost some weight; I’m feeling good; I have more energy.
Playing sports has never been more enjoyable. I couldn’t be happier in that department.
But the other day, I bent down to get a grapefruit out of the fridge and, BAM – I put my back out.
No, the grapefruit wasn’t 250 pounds, and it wasn’t a fake one made out of cement either.
It was just a grapefruit; I eat one every day.
I must have twisted a little when I bent down and aggravated an old injury.
Several years ago I pulled something in my lower back and since then, every once in a while, I injure it by doing something very simple … like an ordinary daily action.
I’d been mountain biking, building trails, and no problem. I played hockey all winter and nothing. It was a grapefruit this time that tripped me up.
And for the last three days, I’ve had to be very careful how I sit, what I sit on, and how I stand.
It’s been a real interruption.
Other times this has happened, I’ve ended up flat on my back on the floor for a day or two. This time it wasn’t that bad.
The worse part was I thought the back injury would interrupt my exercising streak. … I have exercised for 198 days in a row and I was afraid my streak was over.
It was really disappointing. I kind of moped around most of the day.
It wasn’t until later in the afternoon that I got a phone call from my son. We chatted about a bunch of things, and then I told him about my back and my exercising streak.
Then he interrupted my interruption.
He said, “Why don’t you just ride your bike on the streets, and go for an easy ride? Or take a slow walk?”
With that inspiration, I decided to see if I could get on my bike. And what do you know, one of the most comfortable positions for me is bent forward a little on my bike.
What was going to be a major interruption to my exercising, ended up being a little interruption to my comfort, but not to my life.
Here’s the thing: When you get interrupted in life, don’t take the interruption at face value. You have a God who can turn an interruption in life into a change of direction, into a better circumstance, or into something that has way less impact than you thought it would.
Question: What has caused an interruption in your life? Leave your comments below.