After finishing week one of Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted by Priscilla Shirer, there are many thoughts that we are left with and a few challenges to propel us forward. She reminds us that there is a great difference between an interruption and a Divine Intervention. When we view something as unimportant, or at the very least, less important than what we are doing, it will be an interruption. When we see the importance of the task and the person, it is a Divine Intervention.
Too often we either ignore them or outright run from them. But why run? When we are uncomfortable, we run. When His plans do not suit us, we run. When we want something different, we run. When we are afraid, we run. But we are running from God’s awesome presence and power. This changes the perspective, doesn’t it?
When God is the one in charge, it will get done.
The big question with this involves how we define ourselves. Do we see ourselves as servants of the Lord or are we serving ourselves? We do not own our lives, they belong to God. He simply asks us to manage it. That means listening to and obeying His directions. Our lives need to point to the living God.
It is the greatest testimony we can give, and it may be the only one some see. Divine Interventions matter for eternal significance, not worldly significance. God’s plans may not make sense to us, as they certainly did not make sense to Jonah. Making sense of things and having a plan is not required to do great and mighty things. All He wants is for you to submit, and allow Him to work miracles in, through, and around you.
I pray that as we dig into this study, we will confidently submit our lives and surrender our wills to do what God has planned for us. There will be no greater joy than walking in God’s plan for our lives and living in His protection. Priscilla Shirer asks, “How many things are hinging on one woman surrendering to God’s Will? How many things are hinging on you surrendering?” That has stuck with me, and I pray it will stick with you too.
Your story starts with God.- Priscilla Shirer
Assignment For Next Week
- Read Week Two, pages 35-53 in the workbook
- Listen to the Session Two Audio (optional)
- OR…Listen to the Session Two Video (optional)