Interruptions…how they grow a disciple
So often I find myself and my plans being interrupted by the things of life and I also find myself becoming frustrated by those interruptions. The more I think about it, the more I realize that life happens. As I thought about it even more, those interruptions are and will always be a big part of life.
Interruptions are part of life
So often as I read the Bible and I read about Jesus, His day was always being interrupted. It could be a father whose son was deathly ill, or a blind beggar yelling on the road side as He was traveling to Jerusalem. It could be the time He had to stop and rebuke Peter, or it could be the constant encounters with the crowds who wanted His time. But even for Jesus, life happened. His days were constantly being invaded by the interruptions of life.
So the question is, why so many interruptions? I believe the answer is this; we are not just here for our own agenda, or our own stuff, but we are here for God to use us in the lives of others. We are here to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ, to build God’s Kingdom as God guides and directs us through the Holy Spirit, to meet the needs of those around us, and to point all those we encounter to the God who created all things.
Interruptions are often God given opportunities
You see, even though we may feel the interruptions mess up our plans, they are part of God’s plan for us. We have to start to see these as opportunities, to encourage, help, direct, teach, love, and serve those we meet. They are not to be seen as a source of irritation, but as a chance to love others, and or challenge others in the name of Jesus.
Look at the story in Matthew 14 when Jesus finds out that John the Baptist was beheaded. Jesus got into a boat because he wanted to be alone, but somehow a large crowd heard of His plan and were there waiting for Him as He got to the other side. They interrupted His sadness, His time of mourning. But the Bible tell us He had compassion on them.
Interruptions can lead to salvation
One of my favorite stories in the Bible is found in Luke 18:35-43. Its a story of a blind man who is calling out to Jesus as Jesus is approaching Jericho. This blind man kept yelling out to Jesus until He stopped and had the man brought to Him. Jesus asked, “what do you want Me to do for you?” The man answered, “Lord, I want to regain my sight”, and Jesus restored his sight.
So what seemed like an interruption ended up being a man receiving His sight. There are other times in scripture when the interruption ended up with a person coming to salvation.
So when your life is interrupted, see it as an opportunity from God that He is doing something through you and in you.
C.S. Lewis recommended that Christians stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s “own,” or “real” life.
He wrote: “The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life – the life God is sending one day by day: what one calls one’s ‘real life’ is a phantom of one’s own imagination!”