DayBreaks for 01/31/13 – One’s Real Life
Luke 6:17-19 (NLT) – When they came down from the mountain, the disciples stood with Jesus on a large, level area, surrounded by many of his followers and by the crowds. There were people from all over Judea and from Jerusalem and from as far north as the seacoasts of Tyre and Sidon. 18 They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and Jesus also cast out many evil spirits. 19 Everyone tried to touch him, because healing power went out from him, and he healed everyone.
I don’t know about you, but interruptions can really bug me at times. If I’m doing something that I am really into, that I dearly love, or if I’m concentrating really hard in thought, I don’t like interruptions. Perhaps that’s because I’m getting old enough now that I can easily forget what I was doing or thinking when the interruption came barreling down on me!
For a couple of years now, I’ve been spending my quiet time in what I can “The Jesus Exploration”. I’ve been working my way through all four gospels, a tiny bit at a time, expressly for the purpose of trying to get to know Jesus and his heartbeat better. You know one thing that has consistently jumped out at me over and over again? Here it is: it’s the way he always had time for people – for interruptions. It might have been little children gamboling around his feet; a rich young man who came to learn what he needed to do to inherit eternal life; a Pharisee named Nicodemus who was full of questions; a large crowd of sick and broken people; a Roman centurion who had a sick servant; a funeral procession along the road out of Nain; or even religious leaders who Jesus knew were plotting his demise. It didn’t matter who they were – or even what they wanted – He spent time with them.
I think about how often I give short-shrift to the clamoring of those round about me. I pretend not to hear sometimes. I pretend not to see. I don’t want the interruption.
But is that really the problem? Is it really that I don’t want the interruption or that I don’t want to have to get involved with other people – especially if they seem to have a problem and I won’t want to get sucked in to it? I fear that it is far more often that I don’t want to get involved. I want to live my own life in my own way – choosing the interruptions I want to honor and those I want to ignore.
Jesus didn’t give himself that luxury, apparently. Should we give it to ourselves? What we often think of as interruptions may in fact be the very reason for us being in a given place at a given time. Consider this bit of wisdom from C. S. Lewis: “The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s ‘own’, or ‘real’ life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life—the life God is sending one day by day: what one calls one’s ‘real life’ is a phantom of one’s own imagination.” – C.S. Lewis, from a letter to Arthur Greeves, 20 December 1943
Perhaps we have been mis-lead about what constitutes our “real life”.
PRAYER: Lord, help us to see interruptions as possible Divine interventions to shake us out of our self-life into the life You intend us to live! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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