I arrived home from She Speaks ready to jump in to my dreams.
My white board was clean and ready for a brainstorming session. My fingers were itching to hit the keyboard.
24 hours later life hit.
One week passed. Two. Three.
And there I was, interrupted.
Or was I?
Maybe the interruptions that hit were not interruptions at all. If I look at them as things getting in my way, then yes, they were. They slowed me down. They took up time that I had designated for other things.
But if I look at them as opportunities to have loved and to be present, then suddenly they take on new dimensions.
Honestly, most of the things we see as interruptions will be what matters most in the end.
A loved one was hit hard by a loss, and in that loss he reached for us.
Thank you, Lord, for a son-in-law that loves and trusts us to fill the gap.
A little one needed some Gaga time.
Thank you, God, for sweet kisses and long walks on the trail searching for bunnies.
Each of the interruptions were spaces filled with family. Face to face. Life on life. Loving in the hard spaces. Laughing in the good.
The reality is that my life is going to be interrupted.
It’s a life that is full, and each of those interruptions lend itself to the dreams I chase.
My #bestyes for the past three weeks has been to settle in to those interruptions and count them as gifts.
Do I still schedule and use my time wisely? Sure.
Do I still chase my dreams? Absolutely. I’m a girl with a dream and that’s not going to change.
But all with an eye on the fact that when my dreams fade, and life comes to a close, that it will be the interruptions I treasure the most.
This is beautiful, Suzie, and a needed word for me today. Somedays (weeks…months) it seems like my life is nothing but one big interruption. All the plans I make come crashing down in life…but you are right, those moments are often where life is really happening. Love this…xoxo, mb
So awesome. You are such an inspiration to me. Prayers for you and your family. May God continue to use you to bless the world through your words and your love.
This is such a beautiful post. Thank you for always offering a new perspective on how to value life in all it’s challenging moments. This really spoke to me today as I am learning how to balance home and work in a brand new way, and I don’t want to miss the most important things while I’m trying to make things work. I love how you always consider the whole picture and invite Jesus to teach you something new about how to love others. You keep your eyes focused on Him and what matters most, not just in words but with actions. It is inspirational.
Suzie- I just love you so much!❤️
I have had some interruptions lately myself. And they weren’t joyous ones but times of loss. And I slowed down because I needed to. When I lost my aunt on July 24th was actually the first one and also the hardest one. I loved her very much and we spent time everyday together as I helped out when she was too weak to do for herself and I treasure every moment of now. To be totally honest there were sometimes that I did have something planned and I was a little upset that I had to change my plans because during the last year I planned very little. But after I was with her my plans seemed so small compared to her needs. She was a strong, independent and wise little lady that taught me a lot in the total of 4 years we lived so close. I say small as she was 5’2″ and weighed about 75 pounds towards the end. So I believe now that God is behind my interruptions and I take them as such knowing that He has good in mind for me and would never harm me. Thank you Suzie and I hope the interruptions you had worked out for the best for you and your family. God bless you all, waiting for my copy of the Best Yes, can’t wait to read it!
Hi Linda. I just want to say that you gave your aunt AND the Lord Jesus a beautiful offering. Blessings and grace as you recover from your loss.
Oh Suzie, I can so relate to this. I was so ready for brainstorming after She Speaks, too. And I know in God’s time I’ll do it. My “interruption” this last week was to support my Turkish sister’s family during the marriage of her brother, a week-long celebration, with the kick-off being at my house. I also hosted the bride’s parents in my home. Helped with wedding, attended events, and tried to be nice to my own family too. 🙂 But I know it was my best yes for sure last week.
Grace to your family during this hard time.
That was well said 🙂