FRIDAY, AUGUST 24
“Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”
Luke 10:36-37 ESV
BOLD COMPASSION: INTERRUPTIONS
A four-year-old tugged on her dad’s shirt and begged him to stop watching the news about politics and read her a fairy tale. Weary of watching the news, he agreed and began reading the fairy tale. She quickly interrupted him and asked, “Daddy, do all fairy tales begin with ‘Once upon a time?’ He responded, “No, sweetheart, most fairy tales begin with, ‘And when I’m elected…'”
Those of us who have had the privilege of raising children know how often they can interrupt our “regularly scheduled programming.” We also know that sometimes those interruptions can turn into precious moments. The same is true in our Christian life. Interruptions can turn into precious moments.
In Luke 10:25-37, Jesus taught the story of the Good Samaritan. Three people had an opportunity to help a man who had been beaten and robbed. But only the Samaritan stopped and took the time to help. The other two people were too busy with their own lives to help a stranger. Yet, Jesus commands us to be like the Good Samaritan and to slow down and love our neighbors with compassion.
Some of Jesus most profound miracles and teaching occurred when Jesus was interrupted. A pastor once said, “God doesn’t just direct your steps, He also directs your stops.” Divine interruptions are those times when God brings someone into our path he wants us to help despite our schedule. Those interruptions may come from your child, spouse, coworker, classmate or stranger. Ask God to help you recognize any divine interruptions He has for you today.