You wouldn’t know it by the attitude I exude, but I like order. The first question I ask my wife in the morning is- “WHAT’S FOR SUPPER?”
I can’t help it. I need to plan my day accordingly. I don’t like surprises. I like to know what I’m doing and when I’m doing it.
What bugs me are the interruptions to my schedule. Can’t people get it through their heads that everyone should be like me? There’s a time to eat, a time to sleep, a time to watch tv, and a time to make phone calls. And the time to call me is definitely NOT when I’m watching tv or eating!
So that’s the way I liked to live my life.
But then something slapped me in the back of my head and made me question the very fabric of my universe. While perusing some of the stories of Jesus I came across the following.
-While walking along, Jesus was interrupted by people bringing kids to Him (Luke 18:15-16).
-He was on the way to Jericho when a blind man interrupted Him (Luke 18:38-43).
-He was in a house, talking to a group, when some people broke through the roof, to lower in a sick friend (Luke 5:19).
I could go on and on with stories of the interruptions that happened to Jesus. It seems like He spent a major part of His time dealing with them.
But wait! Jesus was a pretty important guy. He had a schedule to keep. Yet when the insignificant of life got in the way, He listened and responded.
I realized right then and there, I needed to change the way I looked at the world. Maybe interruptions aren’t mere mosquitos attacking my daily existence. Maybe I should view them as-
The Whipped Cream on the Hot Fudge Sundae of Life. Do you
like whipped cream? I DO!!! As a matter of fact I usually ask for extra. I even steal the whipped cream off my wife’s dessert. I’m evil. But whipped cream isn’t an obstacle, blocking your ice cream. It is a joy in itself, adding that extra oomph to my humdrum existence.
Interruptions should be thought of in this way.
The Rat-a-tat-tat at Your Door.
You’ve heard about opportunity knocking, haven’t you? Sometimes
Christians can be so involved in praying for God’s will in their lives, or for asking God to give them a soul-winners heart, they fail to see the opportunity He gives them in daily interruptions. Listen for the knocking. It may be God dropping a wonderful opportunity in your lap.
So friends, next time someone interrupts your daily existence, rejoice! Go with it. Who knows what God has in mind for you.
Fine point you make, Jeremiah. Glad I interrupted my work to read it. 🙂