Interruptions or Opportunities
Written by Cherie Olivier on July 2, 2019
32But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feed and trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
I don’t handle interruptions well. I like making a schedule and a to-do list and sticking to it When it gets thrown off, unfortunately, it can really ruin my day. And my attitude.
As a mom, I’ve been forced to throw my schedule out the window and hold plans loosely. My agenda doesn’t matter when my daughter has a fever or has had a rough day and needs some extra snuggles.
Jesus showed us the best way to deal with interruptions in this passage in Mark. he was on his way to keep a little girl from dying. That’s KIND OF a high priority mission; don’t you think? And yet, he still took the time to engage with this woman who reached out to him. He didn’t have to; she got what she came for when she touched Jesus and was healed.
But Jesus knows that when people reach out, it’s perfect opportunity to minister to their hearts while giving them what they ask for and need.
When we are looking for ways to love on people, interruptions don’t feel so much like interruptions. And since most of us typically don’t have “save lives” on our to-do list, this story from Mark is a great reminder that nothing on our to-do lists is more important than the hearts of those around us. And, even if “save lives” IS on our to-do list—I see you, EMTs and doctors and first responders—Jesus bumped it off his number one spot in this moment. Is your agenda more important than Jesus’s? Didn’t think so.
The next time you find your day interrupted, look at the interruption not as an obstacle, but as an opportunity to love on and pray for the person at the root of the interruption. Take it from someone who knows from experience; it’s really hard to stay irritated while you’re praying for and loving on other people.