The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

Making time for interruptions can be a gift. This gift can be given or one we receive. Have you ever been interrupted when you thought it was an inconvenience and later it turned out to be a blessing?

A friend, with stage four cancer, often called for prayer after I had gone to bed.  This interruption for prayer was a gift I could give. But not only was it a gift I gave, but I also received an opportunity to lift him up to the throne of God.

Of all the people the Lord could have placed in his life during this season, the Lord chose me. This was part of God’s plan. Psalm 139:16You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. [1] What we may think of as an interruption was planned out by God before we were ever created. He does the same in your life!

Jesus Made Time for Interruptions

Jairus hurried through the crowd to reach Jesus because his daughter was dying. After he met Jesus, He agreed to go with him as the crowd pressed in around them. Then something unexpected happened. Jesus was interrupted by a woman in the crowd who had suffered for twelve years from constant bleeding. This interruption would change her life and give Jairus insight into the importance of faith.

Mark 5: 27 She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe. 28 For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition. 30 Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?” [2]

Showing Love Takes Time

The woman was healed, but Jesus wanted more for her. He wanted to reassure her of the importance of her faith. That would take extra time, but it would benefit both her and Jairus. Mark 5:31 His disciples said to him, “Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”32 But he kept on looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.” [3]

There are various reasons God allows interruptions in a believer’s life. He can use interruptions to discipline us, redirect us, make time for something more important, or teach us that He, not us, directs our steps. Only in hindsight did Jairus see how this timely interruption was a blessing to him and to the woman.

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[1-3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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