Today I am thankful for interruptions - what???!!!???
Most of us wake up each morning with a plan for the day. Some plans are very detailed and much needs to be accomplished. Maybe you even have a date book where all the lines are filled in and you can check off each task.
There is nothing wrong with that! In fact, some degree of planning is necessary or life would be completely chaotic. I at least wake up with a general idea of what the day will look like. But . . .
Often, the best days are the days where nothing that I planned actually comes together. There is that unexpected phone call, a cancellation of an appointment, a lunch date or a divine appointment that the Lord has made that suddenly comes up - running into a friend somewhere or meeting someone new.
Yesterday, some planned things happened and they were good. I ended up with an unplanned dentist appointment to get my teeth cleaned. They had an opening and called me to see if I could come in. I had a great conversation with the hygienist. She remarkably remembered a lot of what we talked about last time - one of them being my church. She asked me about it again and we had a great conversation. I'm inviting her to a new series we are doing. I got to go to dinner with my friend Ali and on the way home, I got a call from a friend who was sick - had gotten off the train at my stop and needed help. We went by and got her - brought her home and had an unexpected girls night watching Tangled and letting her rest. She spent the night and felt much better this morning.
Part of being a follower of Jesus means being open to interruptions. In fact, a lot of ministry comes from interruptions to our plans and orderly days. Flexibility is a must! What? For some of us, flexibility is natural and we can go with the flow pretty easily. For others, just the thought of that gives you a knot in your stomach!
I have to say, that at the end of they day, even if my list isn't all checked off - if I have had the opportunity to help someone, love on someone or have an unexpected conversation, that is more than enough for me. I want to be able to follow the Lord's leading on any given day.
You won't catch these opportunities if you are not sensitive to the Holy Spirit's leading each day. When you hear those whispers - stop - and listen carefully. Don't dismiss something because it seems inconvenient. These moments may be the best moments of the day.
Today I am thankful for interruptions - for divine appointments and the difference they make in my days. I love the way God works. Will you be open to an interruption today?