When a Divine interruption takes place, you discover—to your amazement—that God is up to something new!
Something you never expected.
And you are finding out what is on Heaven’s agenda, that was hidden up until now.

I believe the Holy Spirit is saying to many of us,

“Get ready for a Divine interruption, in which you are surprised by joy.”

What is a Divine Interruption?

So, what is a Divine interruption? To interrupt means to break into the course of something.

  • It may be a conversation, an event, or progress
  • You are in the middle of something when suddenly, an unexpected interruption takes place! [1]

During a “Divine interruption”, the one who is interrupting you is God!

When a Divine interruption takes place, you may be jolted out of the ordinary, into something new your Father has for you.

Perhaps, you receive startling information, or a prophetic word!
You may be impacted by a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit, or have a life-changing encounter with God.

4 Biblical Examples of a Divine Interruption

God is the master of Divine interruptions, and the Bible is full of stories of how the Lord stepped in, to intervene in people’s lives. Here are just 4 examples:

1. In a Divine Interruption, You Realize Jesus has Been Waiting for You

“A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.”
John 4:7-8 NKJV

Sometimes in life, it may seem as though we are stuck in a cycle of endless “play and repeat”.

And then, in a moment of Divine interruption, everything changes.

We find that Jesus has been waiting for us. Expecting us.
“Give me a drink”.

You never knew, that on one word from Jesus, the whole of your life could turn.
Now, you realize with wonder, He has come for you!
Jesus knows you. God loves you. And He has a mission, that only you can do.

The trajectory of your life is about to change.

2. In a Divine Interruption, God Shows up at Your Hiding Place

“Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said.”
John 20:26 NLT

For some of us, our Divine interruption happens as Jesus steps into our locked rooms and hiding places!

This may speak of our inner world.
Or, we may be sheltering for physical protection—even now, many are in enforced isolation, due to COVID-19.

To our amazement, when Jesus steps into our room, he says, “Peace be with you.”
The atmosphere changes.

Sometimes, like Jesus’ conversation with Thomas, our dialogue with Him is uncomfortable.
He may gently admonish us.

Be assured that in this moment, He is doing a great work.
Jesus is adjusting you to the truth of His Word—He is setting you free!

Newly found faith is pouring into your heart.

3. In a Divine Interruption, the Holy Spirit Breaks Into Your Routine

“Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” So when the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.””
Exodus 3:3-4 NKJV

At certain times, God gate-crashes our ordinary with His glory.

He says, “Behold, I am doing a new thing! Do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 43:19)

From our perspective, this encounter—and what unfolds from it—is unforeseen!
And yet when we look back, we can see the signs.
A word here, a promise there.
That prophetic calling you had long given up on.

Now, it is God’s due time to act. And so, He breaks into your everyday world with a sign to get your attention.

For a great deliverance is on the way, and the Lord has need of you.

4. In a Divine Interruption, there is “Breaking News” from Heaven

“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.”
Luke 2:8-9, NKJV

When a Divine interruption takes place, we realize it is not time for business as usual.
Instead, it is time to pay attention to what God is doing.
For there is “breaking news” from Heaven.

God is revealing what He has meant to do all along.

From now on, this Divine interruption—this “suddenly” from God—will be a part of your testimony.

You hear Him say, “I have a new track for you to journey on.
I have a new story for you to tell!”

“I am Removing Shame from the Generations”

“One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.”
Psalms 145:4 NKJV

It was a Friday night, and my husband and I were having dinner together.
As we chatted, a story came up that we have talked about many times—a tale of injustice and loss, that took place in our family a century ago.

Suddenly, the Holy Spirit interrupted our conversation.

He said, “I am removing shame from the generations.
I am changing the story you tell from now on!”

What took place that night was extraordinary.

This was a matter we had prayed over many times. Yet in this moment of Divine interruption, God set something new into motion.

Within a short space of time, we experienced signs that amazed us. Pieces of history we had not thought about before, came into view. And we had a miracle breakthrough!

Since that night, the story we tell has been changed forever.

He is Coming to the Stuck Places

I believe that now is a significant time for us to surrender our lives to God; to invite the Holy Spirit to commandeer our plans, and interrupt our conversations.
To change our story.

For God is doing a new thing.

He is coming into the stuck places, and breaking into situations of which it has been said, “there is no way out of this.”

And we, and those around us, will be surprised by joy.
For in those moments we will realize, that our Father is never out of options!
And He is at work on our behalf.

Prayer of Response

Father, I yield my life to You right now.
I surrender my schedule and release my expectations!
Lord, I know You don’t need permission, for You are sovereign! And yet Lord, I want You to know, that You are welcome to interrupt my conversations, my thoughts, my life.
Because I know that I can trust You, for You are good, and Your plans are for my benefit. And above all, more than anything, I desire You.
And so, I say, “Come Lord! Come Holy Spirit!”

Hear Him say in return, “Beloved, get ready to be surprised by joy!”

Leave a Comment

Which of the insights on this word about Divine Interruption do you most relate to?
The one that personally speaks to me most right now, is #1! It amazes me when I realize that Jesus has stepped ahead of me into a situation and I see Him move in unforeseen ways.

I’d love to hear from you, so scroll down to share your thoughts and prayer requests in the comments box on the blog.


1. Example of definitions: https://www.dictionary.com/browse/interrupt

2. Read the stories here:
John 4, John 20:24-29, Exodus 3, Luke 2

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75 thoughts on “Divine Interruption: You Will Be Surprised By Joy”

  1. Interruption #3, Moses. After 40 years in exile, having fled from Egypt, Moses thought his life was destined to just peter out – please read Psalm 90. Having been brought up in the most advantaged circumstances imaginable, in Pharaoh’s palace, he had spent half his life tending someone else sheep in the desert. And now he was 80 years old, a failure it would seem…. And then, the burning bush experience of God!! We all know what happened next. And he lived another 40 years.

    1. Yolando Walcott

      I can truely relate to your statement on #3….this seem to be my story…i felt as though…all is lot and there is nothing else but God showed ….up in His Sovereignty.. i am from Barabdos…thanks for sharing…

  2. God bless you ! Amen ! I am open to receive lord I believe !! Thank you God for not leaving not forsaken me
    I love the prayer ! Thanks so much
    Peace joy I claim them now in Jesus name and my freedom ! Amen

  3. This is right on time. I have been in prayer concerning a shift in my personal life and the ministry I serve. We are experiencing some spiritual warfare and combating religion but this word has filled me with hope that God has not forgotten and He is always working. Many of the members of my church have been in prayer crying out to God for change and He is responding.

    I am excited about the divine interruption that will take place for us. I believe there is breaking news from heaven and we will be delivered from stuck places. Thank you Jesus!

  4. I’m so ready. Lord, interrupt me at any point. Joy has been “elusive,” for lack of better words, lately. There’s been warfare, but I believe Jesus has overcome. I am hearing/sensing spring and destiny bursting forth around me (Song of Songs 2). I’m ready, Lord, come.

    Thank you for this word. Bless you.

    1. I love that Erin, yes and amen. May you have the new song and the springtime and hear the Beloved’s voice as in Song of Songs 2

  5. Woman of GOD thank u for your prayer on my behalf. May d good Lord continues to bless u and ur family as well as Ministry. Pray for my increase and promotion it is due now. And my financial breakthrough in Jesus name. AMEN

    1. Thank you Father for Rosanne. Thank you for the life you have breathed in her. May your divine interruption take place in all areas of her life. Remind her of the new things you are doing in her life. Give her keys of wisdom. Amen.

      Karen Stuckey
      Enliven Ministries Team Member

  6. Having just finished reading the daily Scriptures for today, Luke 7v11-35, when your word on “Divine Interruptions” came across my email notifications @ 8:08 am.Wow. The Mother in Luke 7 experienced that exact thing; her son’s funeral was interrupted by JESUS. I eagerly look and expect any and all the Lord will interrupt my life with.So encouraging a word.I love how you write; such a flow and ease to all you release.Thank you!
    Many blessings, Helen

    1. what a blessing, Mary Kaye! I was thinking about the funerals Jesus “interrupted” as I was writing this post and it’s encouraging to hear your reflections back.
      Thank you!

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