If there is anything that people routinely hate and can even drive them to distraction, it is interference. A recent newspaper report stated: “Britain is turning into a nation of ‘Hyacinth Bouquet’ backseat drivers with one in seven motorists having a road accident or near miss caused by a distraction from a rear passenger, a new study reveals today.”
I wonder what it is about us that causes uninvited interference to send our blood pressure soaring? My intuition suggests it is related to that deep streak of self-sufficiency, which is our default mode, and which just hates unwarranted intrusion. EM Bounds, writing on prayer said: “God cannot be ruled out of the world. The teaching of prayer brings him directly into the world, and moves him to a direct interference with all of this world’s affairs.” Jesus himself spoke about how God, his heavenly Father, was intimately involved in even the smallest of matters, the birds:
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.” Matthew 10 verse 29
Later on, Jesus spoke of human beings:
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15 verse 5
Personally, there came a day when God interfered in my life to bring me to a knowledge of Jesus my Saviour. Nowadays, I’m coming to hate those periods of my life when I know nothing of God’s interference. There is a place of loving interference. Have you discovered it yet? If the answer is no, talk to God and wait to be amazed.