Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God.
One of the most difficult times to be courteous is when others interrupt us…“Excuse me do you have a minute?” One day Jesus was walking with a huge crowd surrounding him when a woman touched his cloak. He might well have been tired, hungry, and eager to reach his destination. To stop just then would only delay him, by human standards. Yet he stopped and asked, "Who touched me?" (Luke 8:45).
He then identified the woman in need of healing and commended her. "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace" (verse 48).
On the same occasion, a man named Jairus fell at Jesus’s feet, asking him to come to his house because his daughter was dying. Jesus changed his plans and stopped by Jairus’s house, where he raised the girl from the dead.
Jesus showed that he viewed people not as interruptions but as friends.
Having just returned from traveling from town to town on a great vacation, I interrupted a lot of people. When you are traveling you have lots of needs. The funny thing is, busy people almost always provide better service.
I almost blew a tire on the pop-up trailer I was pulling. The heat from the road and the long miles separated the tread from the tire, all that was left was the steel belt holding the rim off the road. I had to limp on the shoulder to get it fixed and stopped at Big O Tire in Woodland Park Colorado. I set the tire down and went inside to inquire if they could change it. “How’s it going”, “busier than heck what can I do for you” Al said. We have a tire that needs to be replaced.
By the time he took the tire info, made a quick call to the back and swiped my card it was done. Al was friendly and even placed my accent to MINNE-sota. Told us where the good restaurants in town were. I left in peace feeling healed by Al.
Lord, I want to be so aware of your purposes for my life that I treat even interruptions as opportunities to love others.
Blessings, Pastor Tim