“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 Collected Works of C.S. Lewis
We’d rather have a scheduled plan, a perfectly laid out order for our lives. Your life is found in Christ. My everyday life, isn’t an exception and shouldn’t be any different than the life shown in Christ. How does the kerfuffle happen? You set out to do something head somewhere, or help another when whoops, life happens. Interruption, distraction, and your reaction shows more of the grace of God than you know. How do we react to the inconvenience of others?
Jesus wasn’t interrupting strangers lives, they interrupted his.
The passage below has me in thought about the ways of Christ. His mighty miracle acts were often in response to the interruptions of those in real need. And at times those distractions were from loud and disorderly types.
Jesus gave us insight into his purpose, his service to humanity is openly declared. The scene opens with disciples walking pondering this radical shift in understanding. Jesus is a humble King who came to give His life, as a ransom, a service.
For even the Son of Man came not to have service rendered to Him, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for (instead of) many. Then they came to Jericho. And as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, a son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, saying, Jesus, Son of David, have pity and mercy on me [now]! And many severely censured and reproved him, telling him to keep still, but he kept on shouting out all the more, You Son of David, have pity and mercy on me [now]! And Jesus stopped and said, Call him. And they called the blind man, telling him, Take courage! Get up! He is calling you. And throwing off his outer garment, he leaped up and came to Jesus. (Mark 10:45-50 AMP)
Loud, bold and seemingly taking the Messiah off course. Christ takes his focus away from the crowd. This kerfuffle is no way going to be avoided, the man grows louder still. Bring him near.
Jesus said, “What can I do for you?”
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “On your way,” said Jesus. “Your faith has saved and healed you.”
In that very instant he recovered his sight and followed Jesus down the road. (Mark 10:51, 52 MSG)
Do you have His same heart? He knew his call. To give sight to the blind, he had read the Isaiah passage and declared it openly. Giving sight was his service. I pray I too, would have the eyes to see the interruptions these hoo-hah moments of my life as opportunities to fully live the real life.