“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts”, says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.”
(Isaiah 55:8 NLT)
Doesn’t that sound exciting? So why then do we so often get frustrated or worse when God throws a monkey-wrench into what we thought was the “perfect” plan? I think it’s safe to say that most, if not all of us, have struggled with this in one way or another.
We are offering a bible study by Priscilla Shirer to help us learn how to navigate life’s interruptions. Here’s a note from Priscilla regarding this new study she will lead us:
“Interrupted lives – probably an accurate descriptor for all of us, don’t you think? Whether with deliberate detail or inadvertent spontaneity, we each chart out a tidy yellow-brick road of goals for our lives. I certainly have. Without even realizing it, I’ve taken my life by the helm and asked God to conform to my flimsy timetable & arrangements.
This was never more clear than when baby Jude, our third spectacular gift from God, began growing in my tummy. We were shocked and a bit overwhelmed at the prospect of life with a newborn…again. Yet through this new adventure, God began to expose my tendency to cling to my own plans instead of embracing His purposes for me, even when they differ from what I deem suited for my capabilities.
Your interruptions may differ from mine. In fact, I suspect they are. Life’s too individual & unexpected to treat us all the same. Yet interruptions can be difficult to manage, no matter what – or whose – they are.
- looming retirement with a diminishing nest egg in a crumbling economy
- another year of singleness when you long for marriage
- a spouse’s secret revealed that threatens your security
- a heartbreaking encounter with yet another year of battling infertility
- a burst of success in business that seems far beyond your capacity to manage
- redirection into ministry that means abandoning a lucrative corporate career
- a new baby (or two), requiring all the attention these little ones always do
Interruptions. They come in all sizes & shapes. All colors & shades. Good & bad. Though we wish to avoid them, every season of life seems to include a few – sometimes on either end of the same day. As we’re coming up for air from the devastation of one, a fresh & exciting interruption takes our breath away, challenging us with new responsibilities, leaving us feeling inadequate & outmatched. They shock us; they shake us; they compel us to change. Sometimes they make us wonder if God even cares.
So, welcome to Jonah. He knows how a life interrupted feels, and he’s got a firsthand account of how yielding to God is the best decision after all.
Join me, won’t you?”
Details are as follows:
Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted
by Priscilla Shirer
Date: Wednesday evenings beginning Jan. 19/11 till March 2/11
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: Heritage Room at FGMB
Cost: $20 & includes a member book
In person: This Sunday, Jan 16/11 in the West Foyer @ church
By phone: call Stacey @ 287-8662