Today, my thoughts strangely have narrowed in on the notions of disruption and interruption. (There’s good reason for me to reflect on these concepts – like the kitchen renovation but I can’t blame or credit the project for putting me in my chair. Neither is it COVID and how I do like to blame COVID for everything. However, the main reason will cause only a few of you to wonder if it’s about you. Let me assure you this time it’s not about you.)  To interrupt :(v) is to stop the continuous progress of (an activity or process). While to disrupt: (v) is to interrupt (an event, activity, or process) by causing a disturbance or to throw into confusion or disorder: to impede the progress of: or to break apart or alter so as to prevent normal or expected functioning.  (I know fascinating.)  For months now, I’ve been watching a Showtime series. (No, I won’t share with you which one. It’s a bit embarrassing.) A couple of weeks or perhaps months ago, (COVID has really messed up my sense of time) while watching season 3 episode 7, there appeared on screen the instructions to enter a new activation code. (You don’t want to know what I thought.)  I followed the instructions only to get stuck at the same blank screen over and over and over again. I’m guessing 673 times and getting the same result. A technological requirement interrupted my viewing habit and then it turned into a disruption because I am no longer able to watch the series.  Because of this, what I realized is this. If I was able to figure out how to get the activation code to work, I would resume watching the series and as if nothing happened but since I could not get it to work, I had to do something different.  So, I went looking for something new and discovered Acorn TV, a streaming service filled with a variety of delightful world-class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. (Simple brilliant)  Interruption does not lead to change, while disruption creates a shift.  Disruption results in innovation and helps creates something new. Perhaps, interruptions and disruptions are more like invitations for me to pause and look for new possibilities.

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 26:3
“Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace – in peace
because they trust in you.”

Reflection Questions:
How do you respond when someone or something interrupts you?
What new thing happened the last time you experienced disruption?
Who trusts in you?

Prayer: Holy God, thank you for the gift of today. Refresh me. Invite me to discover your presence. Teach me when to speak and when to listen, when to ponder and when to share, and attune my heart to your whispers.  Amen