The call to follow Christ is not without challenges or inconvenience. Although many of us like to set our days in order and plan for months at a time, we soon find that God has a way of interrupting our day with divine appointments that lead to life change.

Take a minute to read Acts 16:16-40.

In Acts 16, Paul and Silas encounter a very unusual interruption. Since their arrival in Philippi, a number of women had heard the message of Jesus Christ. Ministry was going very well. People were turning to Christ. If Paul had set ministry goals, he was right on target.

But then things got disturbing and downright brutal. While on the way to pray, they were approached by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination. Her owners were making a lot of money from her, so when Paul cast out the evil spirit, they were enraged and got Paul and Silas beaten and thrown in jail.

This divine interruption was turning out to be a pretty crazy situation, but it didn’t get them down. Their songs of praise echoed off the walls throughout the night. And then an earthquake threw off the shackles of all the inmates. The story ends with the jailer and his entire household believing in Christ.

What would happen if you woke up each morning inviting God to interrupt you as he pleases? Imagine the adventures of faith you would experience! How would it feel to be used by God to transform lives?

updated August 2019