When God Interrupts…

Days when God interrupts the everyday tasks to make Himself and His will known are my favorite kind of days.

With Fall coming closer, the smells of crisp air, pumpkin scents and the warmth of sweaters and scarves; I cannot help but be in a good mood.

However, as good as those days are, a day interrupted by God is far greater!

Today was one of those days.

Recently, I have taken on the role of fixing a meal for my grandparents every Monday to take out to them. Each time I cook, I blast Christian worship music which helps me “whistle while I work”. As I began to sing and cook, I heard a song that stopped me in my tracks and caused me to rush into the Holy Spirit.

All throughout my faith journey, God has spoken some of the sweetest words to me during and through a song. A song will take me to the Scriptures and then cause me to intensely listen to what God is about to speak to me.

Today, as I rushed in to listen, I heard these words,

“I may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You

This is how I fight my battles”

Recently, God has taken me down a road of unsuccessful doctor’s visits, failed medications, negative test results and symptoms of unknown origin. Throughout this journey, I have resolved to deal with issues that have failed to improve.

I have taken this need to the Lord, to my friends and family but each time I am still left empty with questions, unanswered cries and a strong spirit.

However today, when I heard the words in this song, it caused me to take a moment. I heard God speak through my situation yet again. You see sometimes, He speaks to us and we fail to stop and listen.

A few months ago, He spoke the words in Isaiah 40:31 to me,

“But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”

I heard Him but at the time, I passed it by as just a powerful, good verse but never stopped to listen. A few weeks ago, the verse came up again. This time in a song I, myself, sang in a drama. Again, I thought wow God, that’s pretty awesome that You keep speaking that theme to me. And then, on my way to work I heard a pastor on the radio cite the same verse.

Throughout those days, if I would have taken the time to stop and pause with Him, I would have felt His comfort and strength in the soaring. I would have not grown weary or came close to fainting but chose to allow His strength to empower me instead of me trying to shoulder it all on my own.

Each time, I heard the same message but failed to pause and allow God to speak His words directly to my heart. That is what is so incredible about our God! He can take a verse that an entire room of people hear, but speak various specific words to each individual person. But, we have to be listening….

Today, I chose to listen.

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As I look at all the doctors that are trying to figure out what’s wrong, my friends and family asking so many questions and having their doubts, my symptoms that keep attacking me without warning, I heard His words today….

“I may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You

This is how I fight my battles”

I have thought that throughout all of this that my circumstances are surrounding me but when I step back, I see that God is surrounding me and the circumstances are His to overcome.

After listening to the song, He took me to 2 Chronicles chapter 20, where King Jehoshaphat has just been told that the kingdom God had uninhabited for him and given over to the descendants of Abraham was now being attacked. King Jehoshaphat then calls his people to fast and pray to God. As a king, He gave up his right to order his army to rush out and slaughter those who came to destroy and had a moment where he stopped and chose to pause to inquire of the Lord…

Then in verse 15, God says

“…This is what the LORD says to you: Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not your’s but God’s”

Then in verse 17,

“You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out and face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.”

After this encounter with God, all who heard bowed down and worshiped the God who was about to deliver them.

And how did God choose to deliver them you might ask? Well it just so happened He commanded them to sing His praises at the front lines of the battle. You can read chapter 20 if you choose to learn more about this defeat.

After this encounter with God today, I am left feeling so humbled that the same God that spoke to me a few months/weeks ago and I failed to pause with Him, would continue speaking to me until I chose to stop and take a moment with Him.

So today, I am choosing to look at what surrounds me and see God, not the circumstances.

In this life, cancer will try to win, illnesses will try to win, broken marriages will try to win, sibling feuds will try to win, fear will try to win, doubt will try to win, a fallen world will try to win….

But God ultimately has won and will win!

Choose to stop and pause with Him when He speaks, it is so worth it.

 

Here is the song I referenced below…

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