Friday, 14 December 2018


I'm discovering more and more that days do not often go as planned. Not necessarily that bad things happen, it's just that things happen which were not part of the plan - or should I say my plan?

I get up, do my best to get sorted and ready for the day ahead. The children get up, this is currently not a very smooth ride with the dark mornings and tired eyes! Encouragement is needed to get them organised and in the end we head off, out the door, mostly ready for what we are expecting the day to bring.

Sometimes, though, there is an interruption. As I said, this interruption may not be negative. Rather, it is something which requires me to stop and consider the best or the right thing to do. If, I am honest, I may not make the best or the right response. This might be because I have somewhere to be and I would prefer not to be inconvenienced. Or I might struggle to find the grace that is needed. Maybe, I might only want to consider how I am feeling and disregard anyone else's needs.

Whatever the interruption, it can, if I choose to let it, serve a purpose. It reminds me that however much I plan my day, ultimately I am not in control. The only thing I am able to control is my response.

These interruptions, could, if I let them, steal my peace. They could bring chaos and even derail my day. However, I believe that I am journeying to a place where I will no longer allow these interruptions to define who I am or what sort of day I will have.

Instead, I choose to breathe deep, lift my gaze and simply trust. I know that I am held by God.

“If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says God,
    “I’ll get you out of any trouble.
I’ll give you the best of care
    if you’ll only get to know and trust me.

Psalm 91:14 (The Message)

Then I find it possible to allow these interruptions to become part of the plan. To consider a better and right response. To find the strength to make the better and right response. In that breath, I am reminded to whom I belong and that I am no better than anyone else.

So, maybe I should stop calling them interruptions and instead see them as opportunities.


  1. I would just encourage you Ruth to respond in every situation/circumstance as you have in this post. Maybe in prayer when you first awake, ask God to prepare you for any 'interruptions' that may come so, as you've written, you're able to navigate them into your plan. Continue to look to &, maybe more importantly, for Him in these moments. Keep trusting God who does have, & always has had, hold of you. He is with you, His presence evident in your words. In life we sometimes can't control as we would like but God can & does. He sees & knows what lies ahead & therefore, given invitation to, will help & guide us, make a way for us & though sometimes it may seem a long way around an issue, He is for us, not against. Your fight to recover from the injustice that shattered your life has been long but He has always been with you & always will be because you reach for Him first when the enemy finds opportunity to throw arrows at your heart. Rise up Ruth in Jesus mighty name & reclaim your life, the Lord has given you the strength to do so. You're right to breathe deep & when you do, breathe Him in, He's the breath of life & though we feel at times that we may not be alive, we are in Him & He most definitely is in you.

    Thoughts & prayers with you,

    Rob Butcher.

    1. Thank you Rob, I really appreciate your words and encouragement. Hope you are OK.