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Posted on March 27, 2008
Unexpected events are alway whacking us from out of left field.  Life is full of interruptions, setbacks, disappointments, and messes.  I used to hate them.
I'm more tolerable of them now, trying even to become more hospitable to them.   Author Mark Buchannan puts it this way:  " his purposes and his presence often come disguised as detours, messes, and defeats."  They're God's way to melt and mold us into more of his likeness (Romans 8:29).  They serve as God's method to open our eyes to an inner change he's doing in our hearts (Romans 5:3-5 & James 1:2-4). 
Truth about ourselves can be tough as nails to accept.  But as scriptures attest, as well as my own experiences, I personally am today more purposeful as well as more at peace with myself and those around me because of interruptions.  The reason is God has used them for his purposes. 
What one calls the interruptions are precisely one's real life -- the life God is sending one day by day: what one calls one's real life is a phantom of one's own imagination, British author C.S. Lewis said.
We each bear some personal responsibility for some of the interruptions and setbacks.  They're unintended consequences of our own bad choices.  Others, they just happen.  Either way we need to be paying attention to what the Holy Spirit - the supernatural dimension of a true believer's life - whispers to us about them.  He works in ways we cannot anticipate or ever understand.  We cannot control his work.
But we can control our receptivity to what he's doing in us.  We can die to self daily and yield to his grace and mercy, as well as to his correction of our self aborbed thinking. They work together in the process of making us men who win.

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