July 30, 2022

The Goodness of Disruption

Written by Tripp Prince

A regular rhythm of healthy disruption can bring great good to your life.”

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – July 30, 2022

The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? Psalm 118:6, ESV

I recently wrote about my family’s road trip to the Great Lakes, taking over a week to explore some of the most beautiful sights in the whole of the United States. What I failed to mention in that post was the fact that my family of 5 tent camped our way through these epic sites, setting up our temporary home alongside lakeshores and riverbeds, stunning in their natural beauty yet equally intimidating in their primitive accommodation.

It should be noted that camping was neither a part of my childhood nor adult life up until this point. This was, in virtually all respects, our “maiden voyage.” Mercifully, we travelled with family members who were pros and guided us in the ways of camping, including site planning, propane cooking, and creating a routine for cleaning both our items and ourselves! Now several showers and indoor nights removed from our camping experience, I must say I am both grateful to have the experience behind me (as I much prefer the convivences of modern life), yet at the same time am surprised by just how beneficial to soul and body the experience was for all of us.  

There is great wisdom in intentionally disrupting the patterns of everyday life. Of course, there’s also great folly here when healthy and life-giving patterns are disrupted and not re-established. And yet, a regular rhythm of healthy disruption can bring great good to your life. For me, I sit here with an overwhelming sense of gratitude for things in my life that previously had gone unnoticed and were simply taken for granted: indoor plumbing, laundry machines, and air conditioning, to name but a few! The disruption of camping fostered in me a sense of adventure in the moment, and a spirit of thanksgiving and gratitude after the fact.  

What parts of your life would be served by a holy and deliberate disruption? Are there ways you can temporarily change or modify a habit in order to see it in a new light? It is far too easy for us to fall into ruts and lose sight of what is ultimately true. We accept low-grade fear and anxiety as the norm, failing to remember that our days are held by the Lord and there is no room for anxious toil in the life of the believer. 

Though it may only be for a day or a week, the benefits of a change in perspective are immense and can last for a lifetime!


Father, help us to see unhealthy habits in our lives that discourage gratitude and thanksgiving, and help us embrace holy disruptions that renew our hearts and bring clarity to our eyes.


What disruption to your ordinary rhythm can you intentionally introduce in order to change your perspective and deepen your heart of devotion and gratitude to God?

Related Reading

Psalm 16:8; Proverbs 16:13; John 14:27

Worship Resource

Brooke Ligertwood with Brandon Lake: Honey in the Rock


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