“This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 NKJV
It’s the rainy season in the south now. Lots of rain, thunder, and wind. After a recent storm I was caught by surprise when I found a pine tree lying across my winding driveway in just the right place where it was almost impossible to go around.
I looked at the clock calculating my decision. My daughter was going to be late for school again. I had two choices try to go around the tree or call for help. I needed to get going. So, the capable woman I am with a four wheel drive SUV I decide to go around the tree. Well, now I’m stuck in the mud. I pick up the phone, call my brother with my dilemma and he sends help.
My rescuer that day was a nearby neighbor, a man I’d known most my life. He was friends with my grandfather, father, and brothers. I grew up with his daughters and playing at their home. When my brother informed me he was coming I immediately felt like I was certainly interrupting what was probably a peaceful morning.
In minutes he arrived, had the tree moved and my car out of the mud. He even offered to come back and dispose of the tree. As he was leaving he assured me that if I ever needed anything I could call him as he had offered many times in previous years. I was grateful for all he had done and thanked him.
Then he said something that changed my whole perspective of the morning, “I’m glad I finally got to do something for you.” A very simple statement but he meant it. It was a blessing for him to come and help his neighbor. Overwhelmed I almost didn’t know what to say. I went back inside for a moment and thanked Jesus for my neighbor. I was so struck by his statement.
This is not how we typically hear others describe interruptions in their day. We may overhear things like, “That was such a waste of time,” “If she had only done this she wouldn’t be in this mess,” or “You won’t believe what I had to do for her.” Interruptions are typically inconveniences. They irritate us and put us behind in our plans.
But not on this day. Not on the day the Lord had made. I was an interruption that day but he saw me as a blessing. I walked away touched forever by how he treated me. He could have acted differently but because he showed kindness and valued me it changed me.
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 NLT
God uses interruptions as significant opportunities. Opportunities for us to show the love of Jesus to others. They are chances that we have to invest into the lives of those around us. One of my favorite authors, Priscilla Shirer, refers to the interrupted life as the privileged life. It’s a privilege to serve the Lord by helping others. To give Him and them my best. God uses interruptions to partner with us to change some else’s circumstances and transform us. “Don’t let your busyness make you miss the blessing of divine intervention”.
“The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.” Proverbs 11:25 MSG
My neighbor didn’t know by his acts that he changed more than my circumstances. I left home that morning with a new sense of purpose and a new heart for God’s people. “But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to keep his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Joshua 22:5 NIV
Jesus, thank you for interruptions and divine appointments. Thank you for loving us enough to allow us to serve you and impact others on your behalf. Give us a heavenly perspective of interruptions. Help myself and every lady reading this experience renewed purpose in you every day. Please give us hearts that long to serve you and those around us. Thank you for every day You have made and help us to steward them well. Amen.
Amanda Waller is a small town girl who loves Jesus and has never met a stranger. Her deepest desire is to be like Mary in Luke 10:41-42, “…you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Her daily aspiration is to spend time at the feet of Jesus and be a woman marked by His presence. Amanda’s heart is for the hurting, families, and God’s church. She is the mommy to a beautiful kindergartner who is full of life and joy. Professionally, Amanda is the director of a nonprofit family resource center dedicated to strengthening and empowering families. She longs to make an eternal impact and being a part of Craving God Ministries is a way she hopes to encourage the discouraged and give hope to the hopeless.