Anyone who knows us knows that we are planners. Calendars, details, organization, routines… that’s us! It’s also fair to say that it’s unsettling to us when our routines, especially at work, are interrupted because it results in a need to reschedule meetings and make up for lost instructional time. This winter has caused numerous disruptions to our routines, causing us frustration. However, a recent snow day interruption gave us pause and helped us to see God at work according to His plan.
As most of you are aware, several families in our church were impacted by the tragic loss of a much loved young husband, father, and son due to a car accident. Our entire church community was affected by his untimely passing and large numbers of people were anticipated to attend the visitation and funeral at First Trinity. Our initial plan, on the day of the visitation, was to arrive at church after work to help with preparations in the kitchen.
Expecting “some” snow overnight, we were again annoyed to wake up to several feet in our driveway, along with another snow day closing. But we quickly realized that the “day off” provided an opportunity to head to the church much earlier than planned. There was much to be done – snow removal, set up, food preparation, etc. – all necessary tasks made easier with more hands. We were able to join with others who also found themselves with the gift of a “free day”. As the day went on, it was increasingly evident that the unprecedented numbers of visitors (somewhere close to a thousand), and the various hospitality details, were better served with the extra help. It is impossible to express in words the number of people who were touched by Jesus that day through words of comfort, acts of service, and the love demonstrated by this family of believers. God was clearly orchestrating the entire day’s events for His greater purpose.
And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” Mark 5:25-28
Jesus teaches us to see interruptions as “opportunities”. We see Him doing just that when he stops to address the “bleeding woman” healed by faith when she touched Him in the crowd. This was an interruption on the journey to heal the daughter of Jairus, but served to recognize an immediate need in the midst of the planned journey.
Returning to work the following Monday, we were both able to accomplish everything that was needed to be done despite a “lost” day of work. We were reminded once again that God has a much greater plan for us than can fit into our own agendas. He put us exactly where we needed to be on that Friday. The challenge for us is to better embrace the interruptions in our lives and look to see the wondrous things He will do through them.
Are you open to being interrupted?