Crossing the Street: Modelling the Heart of Jesus
Don’t like interruptions? Guilty as charged.
What we call an interruption may be a divine appointment the Lord has scheduled for that day.
From Our Daily Bread 4 Oct 2017:
Experts agree that a staggering amount of time is consumed each day by interruptions. Whether at work or at home, a phone call or an unexpected visit can easily deflect us from what we feel is our main purpose.
Not many of us like disruptions in our daily lives, especially when they cause inconvenience or a change of plans. But Jesus treated what appeared to be interruptions in a far different way. Time after time in the Gospels, we see the Lord stop what He is doing to help a person in need.
Don’t like interruptions? Guilty as charged. I tend to be an ordered and organised type of person. Fourteen years of installing, testing, and commissioning telephone exchanges fitted well with my personality. The whole process has to follow a set order and procedure. On the other hand, I’m now more accepting of disorder and other ways. Children and grandchildren, working with people of other cultures, and pastoral work are not things that always follow order.
I wonder how Jairus felt when the woman with the discharge interrupted Jesus on the way to his sick daughter. I would have been antsy. In the end both people were helped.
Anyway, back to the Our Daily Bread devotion… When our plans are interrupted by someone who genuinely needs help, we can ask the Lord for wisdom in how to respond with compassion. What we call an interruption may be a divine appointment the Lord has scheduled for that day.