Welcome the Interruptions
I was reading in Christine Caine’s book The Core Issue, and in the last part of the book she has a 31 day devotional exercise. Today I read Day 30th, Be: Interruptible.
“People are not an interruption in our lives; they are why we’re here.”
Christine points out how many of us have days where we plan out everything. We create an agenda for the day, and we seek to accomplish everything on our agenda. We don’t have time for anything that is not listed on our agenda. Anything outside of our agenda is seen as an interruption, including people. I can’t tell you how many times I have rolled my eyes, sighed, mumbled under my breath when I have been in “the zone” and something or someone has interrupted me. (I don’t take interruptions very well while in “the zone.”) But how many times have we brushed off and missed out on tremendous blessings & ministry opportunities all because we couldn’t be interrupted?
In this day’s devotional the suggested scripture reading is Mark 5:21-42. This is where Jesus is asked by Jairus to come and heal his sick daughter, and while Jesus is on his way a hemorrhaging woman grabbed his robe and caused Jesus to stop.
21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered round him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came there. Seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet23 and pleaded earnestly with him, My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live. 24 So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around him.25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years.26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse.27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak,28 because she thought, If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed. 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.30 At once Jesus realised that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, Who touched my clothes?31 You see the people crowding against you, his disciples answered, and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me? 32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it.33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth.34 He said to her, Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.35 While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. Your daughter is dead, they said. Why bother the teacher any more?36 Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, Don’t be afraid; just believe. 37 He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue ruler, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly.39 He went in and said to them, Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep. 40 But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, Talitha koum! (which means, Little girl, I say to you, get up!) 42 Immediately the girl stood up and walked around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished.
After reading the passage of scripture, the devotional prompted me to answer the question, “What happened when Jesus allowed Jairus to interrupt His meeting?” I was struck by the fact that MIRACLES HAPPENED! Yes, miracles happened when Jesus accepted interruption. Jesus didn’t roll his eyes, let out a big sigh, or mumble under His breath. No, He graciously accepted the interruption and went where He was needed. If we thought about “interruptions” like this, imagine what the world would be like. Imagine how many miracles could take place! Man, the possibilities are endless & astonishing! Jesus has placed in this world to be servants to others. We are to look out for others and ask ourselves, “What can I do to bring a miracle into their life?” Yes, we can bring miracles into people’s lives. We just have to be willing to be interrupted.