Dreams Interrupted

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I look up the word interrupt and find definitions like these: made discontinuous, followed not by the expected, stop the continuous progress, break the continuity. The word clearly evokes a detour from what is expected.

My God-sized dreams have been interrupted . . . by more than I could have imagined and all at once. It’s the kind of stuff that makes me think I’m going to wake up in the morning and say, “You wouldn’t believe what I dreamed last night!”

But this interruption is clearly not a dream. It’s reality full on. She came blasting in with a blow horn and just when I think I’ve got her and all her chaotic circumstances rassled to the floor, she pulls an expert move and I’m pinned again.

I’m running out of steam in this match and wondering if maybe “crying uncle” is my best defense.

Then I remember Lamentations 3 where the “Weeping Prophet” Jeremiah shares some wisdom regarding God’s divine dealings.

It is good for a man that he should bear the yoke [of divine disciplinary dealings] in his youth.
Let him sit alone uncomplaining and keeping silent [in hope],
because [God] has laid [the yoke] upon him [for his benefit].
Let him put his mouth in the dust [in abject recognition of his unworthiness]—there may yet be hope.
Let him give his cheek to the One Who smites him [even through His human agents];
let him be filled [full] with [men’s] reproach [in meekness].
~Lamentations 3:27-30 (AMP)

I heard once that two of the most powerful words are “Yes, Lord.” {<==click to tweet}

When troubles come, “Yes, Lord.”
When I’m so overwhelmed I can’t sleep, “Yes, Lord.”
When the night lasts too long and the morning comes too early, “Yes, Lord.”

When my dreams and well laid plans are interrupted, “Yes, Lord.”

As my heart relents, and I cry “Yes, Lord” (instead of “Uncle!”), I begin to see a bigger picture. The purpose for these interruptions becomes clearer. They become meaningful as my heart is quieted. And I find a surrendered heart sharpens both my hearing and my vision. {<==click to tweet}

The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things
as interruptions of one’s “own,” or “real” life.

The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life —
the life God is sending one day by day.
~C.S. Lewis

“Yes, Lord.” The power of these two words lies in submission. Submission begins with trust, and trust leads us to our Father’s heart where we find His peace, security, love, and hope. And it’s in submission that reality meets Truth and my heart finds direction. {<==click to tweet}

A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure.
~Proverbs 16:9

Our dreams require a big investment of faith and hard work, so it’s only natural to carefully plan as we invest our lives and hearts. But when those plans detour, alarms go off and fear wants to grab hold.

In that place, God meets us with of one of my favorite and most reassuring promises:

Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind
and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him,
and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.
~Proverbs 3:5-6

I’ve been pulled aside and benched for a time. My dreams have been interrupted for a good reason. There are lessons I need to learn. Tools I need to be equipped.

And in the midst of these “interruptions” and trials, the words of the “Weeping Prophet” comfort, reassure, and strengthen my heart . . .

For the Lord will not cast off forever!
But though He causes grief, yet will He be moved to compassion
according to the multitude of His loving-kindness and tender mercy.
~Lamentations 3:31-32

Shared by: Kim Hyland