When a divine interruption takes place, you discover—to your amazement—that God is up to something new! Something you never expected. And you are finding out what is on Heaven's agenda that was hidden up until now.
I believe the Holy Spirit is saying to many of us, "Get ready for a divine interruption in which you will be surprised by joy."
What Is a Divine Interruption?
So, what is a divine interruption? To interrupt means to break into the course of something...it may be a conversation, an event, or progress. You are in the middle of something when, suddenly, an unexpected interruption takes place! During a "divine interruption," the one who is interrupting you is God!
When a divine interruption takes place, you may be jolted out of the ordinary and into something new that your Father has for you. Perhaps you'll receive startling information, or a prophetic word! You may be impacted by a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit, or have a life-changing encounter with God.
4 Biblical Examples of a Divine Interruption
God is the master of divine interruptions, and the Bible is full of stories of how the Lord stepped in to intervene in people's lives. Here are just 4 examples:
1. In a Divine Interruption, You Realize Jesus Has Been Waiting for You
"A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, 'Give Me a drink.' For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food." (John 4:7-8 NKJV)
Sometimes in life it may seem as though we are stuck in a cycle of endless "play and repeat." We find that Jesus has been waiting for us...expecting us. "Give Me a drink," He says. And then, in a moment of divine interruption, everything changes. You never knew that on one word from Jesus, the whole of your life could turn. Now, you realize with wonder, He has come for you! Jesus knows you. God loves you. And He has a mission that only you can do.
The trajectory of your life is about to change.
2. In a Divine Interruption, God Shows up at Your Hiding Place
"Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. 'Peace be with you,' He said." (John 20:26 NLT) (Photo via Pxhere)
For some of us, our divine interruption happens as Jesus steps into our locked rooms and hiding places! This may speak of our inner world. Or, we may be sheltering for physical protection; even now, many are in enforced isolation due to COVID-19.
To our amazement, when Jesus steps into our room, He says, "Peace be with you."
The atmosphere changes.
Sometimes, like Jesus' conversation with Thomas, our dialogue with Him is uncomfortable. He may gently admonish us. But be assured that in this moment, He is doing a great work. Jesus is adjusting you to the truth of His Word—He is setting you free! Newly found faith is pouring into your heart.
3. In a Divine Interruption, the Holy Spirit Breaks Into Your Routine
"Then Moses said, 'I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.' So when the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, 'Moses, Moses!' And he said, 'Here I am.'" (Exodus 3:3-4 NKJV)
At certain times, God "gate-crashes" our ordinary with His glory. He says, "Behold, I am doing a new thing! Do you not perceive it?" (Isaiah 43:19).
From our perspective, this encounter—and what unfolds from it—is unforeseen! And yet when we look back, we can see the signs...a word here, a promise there...that prophetic calling you had long given up on.
Now, it is God's due time to act. And so, He breaks into your everyday world with a sign to get your attention; for a great deliverance is on the way, and the Lord has need of you.
4. In a Divine Interruption, There Is "Breaking News" from Heaven
"Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid." (Luke 2:8-9 NKJV)
When a divine interruption takes place, we realize it is not time for business as usual. Instead, it is time to pay attention to what God is doing, for there is "breaking news" from Heaven. God is revealing what He has meant to do all along.
From now on, this divine interruption—this "suddenly" from God—will be a part of your testimony. You'll hear Him say, "I have a new track for you to journey on.
I have a new story for you to tell!" (Photo via Piqsels)
"I Am Removing Shame from the Generations"
"One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts." (Psalm 145:4 NKJV)
It was a Friday night, and my husband and I were having dinner together. As we chatted, a story came up that we have talked about many times before—a tale of injustice and loss that took place in our family a century ago.
Suddenly, the Holy Spirit interrupted our conversation.
He said, "I am removing shame from the generations. I am changing the story you tell from now on!"
What took place that night was extraordinary.
This was a matter we had prayed over many times, yet in this moment of divine interruption, God set something new into motion. Within a short space of time, we experienced signs that amazed us. Pieces of history we had not thought about before came into view, and we had a miracle breakthrough!
Since that night, the story we tell has been changed forever.
He Is Coming to the Stuck Places
I believe that now is a significant time for us to surrender our lives to God, to invite the Holy Spirit to commandeer our plans and interrupt our conversations; to change our story...for God is doing a new thing. He is coming into the stuck places, and breaking into situations of which it has been said, "There is no way out of this." And we, and those around us, will be surprised by joy. For in those moments, we will realize that our Father is never out of options, and He is at work on our behalf!
A Prayer of Response
Father, I yield my life to You right now. I surrender my schedule and release my expectations! Lord, I know You don't need permission, for You are sovereign! And yet, Lord, I want You to know that You are welcome to interrupt my conversations, my thoughts, my life...because I know that I can trust You, for You are good, and Your plans are for my benefit. And above all, more than anything, I desire You. And so, I say, "Come, Lord! Come, Holy Spirit!"
Hear Him say in return, "Beloved, get ready to be surprised by joy!"
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Helen Calder¬†is a prophetic minister and writer, and founder of Enliven Ministries, in the David McCracken Ministries family. Helen has a unique gift of equipping in the areas of prophetic ministry, discernment and prayer. She is known for Enliven Blog, an online prophetic training and mentoring resource that reaches thousands of people globally. Helen and Malcolm have been married for 37 years and are at home in Planetshakers Church, Melbourne, Australia.
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