Truth Tuesday – Unexpected Interruptions

by Kathy

Yes LordLast week seemed to be one of those weeks where I daily encountered one interruption after another.  I had wanted to get some Christmas decorating done and start some cookie baking, but as I went into the weekend, none of those things had been accomplished.  Thankfully, over the weekend, my husband and I were able to decorate the outside and inside of our house for Christmas, rake up the final drop of leaves from the Japanese Maple trees in our yard and take advantage of a quiet Sunday evening to cozy up and watch a Christmas movie.

As I thought about all the interruptions that had filled my past week, my mind wandered to Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, and the interruption that occurred on one certain day in her life.  Out of no where, in the midst of her going about her day, an angel appeared and told her that she was going to conceive a son.  But not just any son, mind you.  She was going to give birth to the Son of the Most High!

Take a moment to read the story in Luke 1:26-38.

 

Even though Jewish women had been taught from the scriptures that a virgin would give birth to a son named Immanuel – “God with us” (see Isaiah 7:14), I can imagine that this encounter with the angel took Mary by complete surprise and caused her to have all kinds of questions swirling around in her mind.   As she considered what the angel was saying, she asked this question – “How will this be since I am a virgin?”  Her question wasn’t doubt, she simply needed to know the “how”.  The angel answers Mary’s question with an explanation that the Holy Spirit would come upon her.

I’m sure Mary’s mind was still trying to grasp and comprehend the news that seemed  impossible to her as the angel spoke these final words to her – “For nothing is impossible with God.”  Even though she must have been thinking of the risk of rejection by Joseph (her fiancé), the humiliation for her family, the gossip and misunderstanding of those around her, Mary chose to trust God and responded with these words – “I am the Lord’s servant.  May it be to me as you have said.”

How might God interrupt you and I in the midst of our daily life? Perhaps we will be asked to:

  • Respond abundantly to a financial need.
  • Forgive someone.
  • Offer a kind word instead of being harsh or angry.
  • Take time to share what Christ means to us with a neighbor, friend or co-worker.
  • Help someone who needs you and your time.
  • Pray for the person who has given you the cold shoulder.
  • Extend grace to someone who is unlovely.
  • Take time to come and sit in His presence and adore Him.
  • Handle a leak in the toilet just as you needing to leave the house.
  • Do something out of your comfort zone.
  • Be gentle and humble to all those you do life with, even when you are tired and overwhelmed.
  • Serve last minute at church.
  • Be late for an appointment because traffic is backed up and you are unable to move as quickly as you would like.
  • Trust Him in a situation that is difficult with an unknown outcome.
  • Run errands for a sick friend.
  • Be still in a situation and know that He is God.
  • Be willing to go where He calls, even when it requires hard leaving.
  • Visit with a friend or neighbor that chooses to call or stop by your house when you have a huge list of things needing to be checked off your to-do list.
  • Manage the flu going through the entire family.
  • Be patient with a toddler’s temper tantrum.
  • Seek treatment for a unwanted diagnosis.
  • _________________ (your now interruption).

Whatever unexpected interruptions we might encounter…even the hard ones that seem impossible to do…may we respond like Mary, “Yes Lord!  Let it be as you say.”  Let’s let the Lord be our Light, allowing Him to guide us through all our interruptions and accepting His promise that He will provide for all our needs.  Let’s not miss out on the joy of pausing in the unepected to live, love and light the world for Jesus.

Wishing you a most grace full week as you allow the Lord to pour over you His Holiness and light your world for His glory ~

 

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