SIMPLE TRUTHS ◽ ENCOURAGEMENT
I get so annoyed when I’m searching for a song on YouTube and I have to first listen to an ad. Or maybe I’m trying to read an article online and those pesky advertisements pop up constantly, interrupting the flow. And isn’t it great now that we can watch shows on Netflix without having to endure a constant stream of commercials? Being able to enjoy something without interruptions is gold, right?
As moms, we’d love to be able to finish a sentence without being stopped by a child’s question or tantrum. I know that I like to finish stories I’m telling my husband before he interjects his response. And eating dinner out, without the waiter being too attentive, is just so wonderful and relaxing. Again, there’s so much peace that comes from enjoying an activity without constant pauses.
I was thinking about this the other day, and how cool it is that we can sit with HIM and he has our undivided attention. He says he’s always with us, never leaves us, and his ears are open to our prayers. He never tells us to wait a second while he answers another call. He’s the best listener there is, really.
Early in the morning, we can empty our full minds at this feet and he gently takes all of our worries to his heart and offers us peace for the day – uninterrupted peace from the cares of the world. Often, we have to come again and again to his feet, but He’s always there and he always cares.
In the middle of the day, when we’re already tired and our to-do list has grown longer instead of shorter, and a phone call has sent us into panic, or any number of things – his uninterrupted whispers in our ears speak of His love over us. He tells us that there is nothing to fear because He loves us, and all things work together for good – not evil.
Late at night, when our head finally hits the pillow, and the last child has finally fallen asleep, or we’ve hit the off button on the TV or put away our phones, he soothes our souls with songs – continuously playing and never ending – of his love over us. His watchful eye, his extended arms, and his ears that hear clearly don’t miss a thing. We are held securely, and nothing can take us from that safe place.
The world is full of interruptions. Games we watch have timeouts, pauses for injuries, stops to determine plays, and we wait for the restart. Travel is halted by a flat tire or a detour or that pesky traffic that lines the highways in every large city. Friendships are even interrupted by miles of distance, change of jobs, or just misunderstandings or any number of things. And even our rest is interrupted way too often with the bleak look at the future presented to us, in the news, and all around us.
We have so many promises about uninterrupted love (we can’t go anywhere that he can’t find us), uninterrupted life (eternal life for those who believe), uninterrupted presence (he is with us always).
Ephesians 3:17-19 says,
So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled to all the fullness of God.
No interruptions, no pauses, no breaks, and no timeouts. He lives in us, he secures us, and he loves us with such a fierce love that it surpasses that which we can even comprehend and fills us up – without a gap – so that we can then overflow this same uninterrupted love onto those around us.
Next time you watch a show or search for something to read or listen to, and you’re interrupted by a tug on your arm or an advertisement or a telephone call, just smile. And give thanks that there is one place, one ear, one arm you can depend on to be forever safe and secure and constant without interruption – ever.