Obstacles vs. Opportunities

The daily grind of being a mom can certainly become overwhelming at times. God has blessed me with 5 amazing children. I think most would agree that we have our hands full! Dealing with this chaos has been a challenge for me since I quit my job about two years ago to become a stay at home mom. It is a struggle to get the kids all out of the house by myself during the day, so some days I feel like a prisoner in my own home.

Interruptions are inevitable and that can become so frustrating! They occur all day long, and I have pretty much just succumbed to the fact that I may never eat a warm breakfast or lunch again…or at least for another 16 years. So how do I deal with all of this chaos and interruption?

I look at the obstacles as opportunities and treat each as a gift.

 About a month ago, my husband Josh began listening to a podcast from a church in North Carolina called Elevation Church. The pastor there, Steven Furtick, is amazing and he occasionally has his wife Holly come on stage and speak. One night when he came home from work Josh told me that after dinner, we had to sit down together and listen to the podcast that he had heard earlier that day, it was titled, “The Gift of Interruptions.” I would absolutely recommend to anyone who deals with interruptions in their life to sit down and take 42 minutes to listen to this sermon…it is amazing! (Listen to Holly’s message at Elevation Church here, The Gift of Interruption)

She uses three different scripture texts, but I most enjoyed the reference to the Parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:30-37. Jesus tells us in this story that a man is beaten up on the side of the road and two gentlemen, a priest and a temple assistant, walk past him separately and see him as merely a hindrance to their busy day. They were likely good people, I mean they were a priest and a temple worker, I would imagine that they just simply did not have the time to spare. They saw his situation as an interruption.

However, when the third man walks past, he takes advantage of the interruption and sees it as an opportunity to do good for someone. You see, we need to train ourselves to see things differently. Instead of looking at each interruption as a hindrance, we should look a little closer and see God giving us an opportunity to reach out and make a difference in someone’s life.

I have started looking at the interruptions as God’s way of opening my eyes to just how special and precious the time I have with my children really is. It is beyond valuable, it is PRICELESS! Every interruption is an opportunity for me to shape and mold their young, impressionable minds and it would be irresponsible of me to let any of those moments go to waste. In just a few short years, they will all be in school and I will likely be starving for interruptions. When you stop and think about it like that, it really brings to light just how precious the interruptions really are. They may be loud, wound up, and chaotic, but I wouldn’t trade my precious interruptions for anything in the world.

Josh & Jamie


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