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Making Room for Interruptions

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Life’s interruptions are frequent—and we tend to look at them as unnecessary, bothersome, and counterproductive. But that's not how Jesus viewed them.

When was the last time you were interrupted?

Was it at work by an employee who’s not on your ”favorite list”? Was it at home by one of your children or your spouse while you were trying to finish a project? Was it at the store by an acquaintance with whom you really had no desire to chitchat? Or maybe it was a detour that interrupted an otherwise well-planned trip.

Life’s interruptions are frequent, and we tend to look at them as unnecessary, bothersome, annoying and counterproductive.

Yet, if we would pause and take the time, we might discover that many of those moments of interruption are actually God ordained and meant to help us refocus, reprioritize or take note of something unexpected (at least by us) that God is doing in our life.

Jesus was a leader who welcomed interruptions. His first miracle, changing water into wine, was a moment of interruption brought on by his mother. Later, Jesus’ disciples unsuccessfully tried to eliminate interruptions by trying to keep children from coming to Him. When in the midst of a large crowd a sick woman touched His cloak, Jesus stopped and allowed her and her need to interrupt what seemed to be His primary activity.

Jesus never saw anyone as an annoyance or as an interruption. Every moment, every encounter and every individual, no matter how “insignificant,” mattered to Him.


By Megan Pacheco

 

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