God’s Peculiar Sense of Timing | Part 2: Timely Interruptions
July 31, 2020
July 31, 2020
Now a woman suffering from bleeding for twelve years had endured much under many doctors. She had spent everything she had and was not helped at all. On the contrary, she became worse. Having heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his clothing. For she said, “If I just touch his clothes, I’ll be made well.” Instantly her flow of blood ceased, and she sensed in her body that she was healed of her affliction. (Mark 5:22-34)
Jesus stopped, took time to speak to an unimportant, unnamed woman. He took time for her. Everyone is important to Jesus.
“A suicidal woman stood on a bridge in Seattle for 3 hours ready to jump. The situation created such a colossal traffic jam that some motorists, caught in the delay, began to curse the woman and screamed at her to jump. She did—but she survived the 160-foot fall into a canal. Many residents later sent flowers and cards to her in the hospital, apologizing for what had happened. But some of the angry drivers phoned the local newspaper and blamed the woman for not choosing a less-traveled place to end her life. People with urgent needs seldom intersect our lives at convenient times. Each situation demands immediate attention, often upsetting our own cherished plans.” (Our Daily Bread; July 11, 2002)
Should we look at interruptions differently?
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways.” This is the Lord’s declaration. ‘For as heaven is higher than earth, so my ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-13)
“The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s ‘own,’ or ‘real’ life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life — the life God is sending one day by day.” – C.S. Lewis
The moment, right before healing. The moment of intense faith and longing. The moment when an unnamed, suffering woman reached out and touched the hem of Jesus’ garment. That moment was an interruption.
I’m sure the disciples and Jesus had a plan and agenda for the day. They were going somewhere. Then Jairus interrupted that plan. Then this desperate woman interrupted their plan! Interruption after interruption. If we were in that situation, especially if we like plans, schedules, and structure, we would have gotten irritated and frustrated. Jesus did not do that. He welcomed the interruption and took time for her.
Join us for the next post, “Absolutely Goldilocks.” Intrigued? Stay tuned.
Kevin is a Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.