I am a really big fan of routine. I like a rhythm to my daily and weekly schedules. I like familiar places and people. Some might call me a creature of habit. And when my schedule gets disrupted, I’m not usually thrilled about that. In fact, I might even be a little cranky about it.
I wonder how the “Good Samaritan” felt about schedule disruptions? Jesus tells the story of this Samaritan who happened by a man who had been beaten and robbed. I’m guessing he hadn’t allotted time in his busy schedule to care for this man. But listen to what he does:
But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. Luke 10:33-34
The Samaritan goes out of his way to care for this person, binding his wounds and taking him to an inn. He had other things to do, right? Surely he was on his way somewhere and had planned around the “normal” travel time, right?
Maybe you’re like me and you have routines and rhythms you follow. Guess what? Jesus loves to interrupt your schedule! We get so focused on our plans and our timetables, that we miss countless opportunities before us to help people in need.
Are you open to being interrupted? Because Jesus is eager to use you to care for those who are hurting and in need all around you. He’s calling you to the side of the road to minister to people, binding up their wounds and taking them to inns everyday. Perhaps we need to build time for these holy interruptions into our schedule, so Jesus can show mercy through us.