Life Interruptions

August 7, 2020
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How do you react to interruptions?

Who hasn't experienced a flight delay or cancellation? Or a mechanical problem? Or a traffic jam? Or having to wait in the checkout lane?

How about a snow storm when we cannot get to work? How about a flat tire when we have to be somewhere?

Interruptions can come from someone who grabs our attention or when a device around us rings, beeps, pings, vibrates, or notifies us in some other way that our focus is needed.

We all get annoyed when a productive moment is interrupted. We all get fed up when scheduled events don't go as planned.

Jesus' life was full of interruptions. In fact, it seems that interruptions were a way of life for Him.

When Jesus came down from the mountainside after teaching the Sermon on the Mount, in Matthew chapter 8, we see Jesus being continually interrupted. After He had healed a man with leprosy, a centurion who had faith interrupted Jesus to heal his servant who was paralyzed. When Jesus went to Peter's house, He found that Peter's mother-in-law was sick, and He healed her. When evening came, Jesus got no peace because there was a continuous stream of people, whom He healed. He gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake, but before He could go, a teacher of law interrupted and wanted to follow Jesus wherever He went. While He and the disciples were taking the boat across the lake, a furious storm arose without warning. The disciples interrupted Jesus' sleep, and He calmed the storm.

In the next chapter, Jesus' sermon was interrupted by men letting down a paralytic through the roof! Then, when a ruler asked Jesus to come because his daughter had died, a woman with a flow of blood interrupted Him for healing by touching the hem of His garment.

In all of these interruptions, Jesus accepted them as opportunities to minister. Each interruption offered something new and an occasion to do God's work. We can even learn from our own interruptions.

How did the coronavirus interrupt your life? We have all had to change the way that we do things. Retail businesses and grocery stores, doctors' and dentists' offices, barbers and hair salons have all had to make changes to allow for physical distancing.

Our Sundays were interrupted, as we were told to stay home from church and worship online. These interruptions are making us adapt and spread the gospel — which is now being brought into the living rooms of many who would never have dared to enter a church.

Many of us don't like interruptions because we think that they get in the way of "real life". They remind us that we are not in control. But God is in control, and in His wisdom, something good will come out of these interruptions.

Let's open our eyes, as God is in every moment, in every experience, and even in every interruption that we face.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to have patience, love, and understanding when our life has interruptions, just as Jesus demonstrated throughout His ministry. Show us how interruptions can be turned into something positive. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.


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Larry Fisher <larryfisher17@gmail.com>
Wainfleet, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Timely advice, Larry.


    Great reminder in these times, Larry! Thank you and God bless!


    So true. Thank you so much for reminding us.
    A really good way to accept the present.


    Thank you for your fine devotional in reminding us to deal with our changes and interruptions.


    Thank you, Larry, for bringing this to our attention. I hadn’t thought of interruptions as a way to minister.


    Just perfect and just what I needed to hear today, Larry. Thank you for your inspiration, shared today that will blossom and spread.


    Thanks, Larry for so many examples of interruptions that Jesus encountered. May we all learn to become more like Him.
    Thanks for blessing us today.


    Dear Larry,
    Maybe my email will interrupt your thoughts. Thank you for the encouraging reminder that God is in control and that out of things that bother us can come good. May many blessings come your way along with patience and love


    Greetings Larry,
    The devotional you have written for today really relates to the present circumstances of life these days with the changes in routine due to the covid virus. You are right that something “good ” will come of it as God’s plan is for all the right reasons and your closing prayer is great advice as we really need abundant patience, love and understanding when we face interruptions. Blessings for writing.
    (B.C.)


    Years ago we heard Zig Zigler say how to deal with a delay so our daughter, who used to travel for business, would say, when told the plane was delayed, ‘wonderful’. Others asked why she said this. She explained that no matter what she says the plane would still be delayed and there must be a good reason so it is great it is delayed. She also explained that it would give her time to get her notes together before her meeting. She said people overheard and even the most difficult businessmen seemed to slow down.
    So thank you for your devotional.
    (ON)


    Thank you for your devotional.


    Well, the kettle whistled just as I hit reply in order to comment on your timely devotional! Talk about interruptions! Thanks for the reminder about how Jesus answered these inconvenient moments. Have a blessed and productive day. Blessings.


    Being a very goal focused person, it took me a long time to realize this is how God often presents an opportunity.
    Giving in often brings one of God’s surprises.
    Thanks for writing.


    Hello Larry,
    I was very blessed by your recent devotional, Life Interruptions that appeared in PresbyCan. In this world where we hear so many so-called Christians fighting against the governments, claiming that wearing masks robs them of their freedoms, fighting to reopen churches too quickly, etc., the truth in this devotional is a breath of fresh air.
    God bless you as you continue to write for Him!

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