In the immortal words of John Lennon, "Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans." Too often, I have had my idea of what my life should look like come crashing down before my very eyes. As a 20-something, I know I am young. But it helps to be observant. We speak about "finding the right fit" for us professionally. I cannot imagine something more ambiguously defined because how, in a time period defined by an interview, can one discern the cultural dynamics of a new job?
Approaching these situations through the various faith traditions has given new meaning to allowing my life to be interrupted. Interruptions can be planned or spontaneous. They can last for a short or long period of time. I can approach my interruptions with intentionality or within a stream of consciousness. Interruptions could be globally institutional, a local reality, or a personal endeavor. However, I personally feel that recognizing, managing, and appreciating interruption is essential for my well-being.
I have found it helpful to see places where my life is interrupted as a chance to reconnect with something greater than myself. Generally, I need to pull into this connection when I find myself in the greatest pain. But I think I could learn a lot to appreciate the more subtle interruptions that do not hurt so much.
One of the great interruptions in the Christian tradition is the 40 days of Lent (a journey in the wilderness). So many disciplines are designed to mess with our daily routine. However, as we do this, we find ourselves able to approach Christ's Resurrection (Divine promise) more fully.
So even when life's hurts and humiliations enter as interruptions, I do hope for Divine strength to persist on the journey.
[author's note: my spirituality is consciously formed by pursuing transformation in Jesus Christ; however, I will neither knowingly force my spiritual journey down another's throat nor judge anyone for his or her spiritual journey.]