I first found out about Henri Nouwen and his writings about 16 years ago, and since I have read many of his books…some several times over. I have become a big fan of his work… it’s good stuff and I highly recommend you read anything from him that you can.
Some time ago I was reading one of his books and he was talking about interruptions…He shared a story of a conversation he had with a fellow professor, and how the professor wished he wouldn’t keep getting interrupted, by students, because it was keeping him from all the important work he had to do.
After that conversation, God showed Henri something that I still remember to this day…It had to do with those so called “interruptions.” God revealed to him that those “interruptions” were part of the plan, and if he allowed it, he could be taught by those times where he was being disturbed.
It comes back to the idea of the journey that we are all on. Yes, when we arrive at our destination, Oaxaca in my case, I will have a specific job to do and will seek to accomplish it. But God can teach and instruct me whenever and wherever He wants, it’s up to me to see this and be receptive to Him!
I was sitting in church last night and my mind started wandering, thinking about what I still needed to do before jumping on the plane to Oaxaca…I was anxious. Certainly excited. The word “anticipation” came to mind.
This is what I believe God revealed to me…
I need to be ready all the time, for whatever exciting, challenging, difficult, etc…etc…etc…event that God brings my way! I couldn’t resist, gotta love Yul Brynner!
So, as I prepare for Oaxaca. I have been challenged, by God, to be ready, to have anticipation or maybe even anxious…because God can move and shake up my world, in the blink of an eye!
Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
(2 Timothy 4:2 ESV)
But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,
(1 Peter 3:15 ESV)
Now, for the hard part…doing!