My life has once again been interrupted. It seems to happen to me more often than not in this season of life. Just when I get comfortable, God places a person, an event, a situation, a book, right in front of me with a big silent, “Hullo…, DUH!, KNOCK KNOCK, WAKE UP!”
That is exactly what this book has done to me. For three years now, God has been preparing my heart for this message. He strategically led me to Church of the Resurrection and the teaching and practice of healing grace that is so evident in every message/mission in the church. He strategically placed my counselor in my life for a reason. He strategically put the message of “Love Does” by Bob Goff into my hands through my daughter and son-in-law, and 12 Steps for the Recovering Pharisee (Like Me) by John Fischer through my cousin Mark and Aunt Patsy. He spoke through the challenge of my sister to be grateful for three things each day and look for His miracles everywhere around me.
And it all led me to Jen Hatmaker’s, “Interrupted.” God has used this beautiful, crazy, radical girl’s story to affect me. To change my direction. To interrupt my comfortable world. And for that, and for what is to come, I am extremely grateful today.
One of my many favorite quotes from this book:
I’m going to gamble on the fact that Jesus didn’t have much patience with believers who attempted to limit the scope of “who my neighbor is” to the fewest possible people (see Luke 10:25-37). Jesus always colored outside the lines here, extending grace and healing to those well beyond His people group. He often healed people first; they believed second. If I’m wrong, the worst thing that could happen is that some desperate people are cared for, and I’m guessing that Jesus will look the other way. He seems to favor unmerited grace. To me, this is a wheat-and-weeds issue, and since that’s not my call to make, I’ll just err on the side of mercy and let Jesus sort it out at the harvest.
I have extra copies that I am just itching to pass on if you would like to accept my challenge to read and allow your life to be interrupted, too. Just let me know, and one will be on the way to you.