When I was a child I would plan my day, each one with an excitement of its own. At least I thought so; I wanted total control of my day, my way all the way! I would think about who I wanted to go play with in my neighborhood if I was going to walk over to my grandparents, would I climb a tree today, who knew, but one thing for sure I wanted to do what I wanted to do! The thought that I might have to stop playing to go somewhere with my mother, or come in and do something I did not want to do was all most too much for me. The me mentality in full bloom!
The older I get the more I find that I want to be found doing whatever The Lord directs me to. If my day is interrupted by someone else’s need that is ok by me.
I had a great example of that in my grandmother, she spent most of her days thinking of others and doing something for them. She especially was about the Father’s business of loving others. I want to be found loving others like Jesus did. I love to be involved and give help if I can, but knowing that I am doing something important for my Lord means everything. It does not matter if it is big or little if it pleases him. Even small things mean a lot!
I know I do not have to “work” for my salvation or forgiveness, there is just a burning desire to be Jesus hands and feet on this earth to someone. Everyone needs love and help with skin on at one time or another in life; if I can be that for them then that is enough. I don’t really consider it interruptions, it is more like opportunities to extend grace and mercy in small measure, human
style of course. Our Lord was never too busy for people, all people.
19 “Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him since Jesus was coming that way.
5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.”
The woman at the well: John 4: 7-10
7 “When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?”
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
Even when Jesus was bone tired he did not quit or walk away, he went about doing the Father’s business. Loving on others. Sometimes a human touch in a life means more than a million words ever could. We each have opportunities to think about someone besides self and also do for someone besides self. It does not have to be a grand gesture, just a gesture.
I think often of times when I know that someone interrupted their day to come help and minister to me, and it touched my heart to its core. People want to matter, I want to matter. It is the human need to love and be loved. So, let’s stop our childish ways, stop looking inward and start reaching out, I want to love like Jesus, do you?”
I want to plan my day around the Father’s calendar.