Life’s Interruptions

The best things that happen in life rarely make good sense.

From The Coal Tatoo, a novel by Silas House

One spring evening several months ago, I decided to check out one of the chapel speakers at the upcoming Writer’s Workshop I planned to attend at Princeton Seminary.  He happened to be the President of Princeton Seminary, M.Craig Barnes.  The sermon wasn’t recent but the message to me timely, “When Life is Interrupted.”

He spoke about deaths, falling in love, loosing your job and aging– life’s interruptions–some wonderful and some not so much.  When interruptions occur your life is in a different place.  The only way to get from one place to another is through the wilderness.

Navigating the wilderness can only be done in complete trust.  There is a temptation to go back but the only way out is to move forward.  Life is not going to be what it used to be- it is going to be something new.

18 “Remember not the former things,
    nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I am doing a new thing;
    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
    and rivers in the desert.  Isaiah 43

I give thanks for the interruption; I have changed.

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