When God Interrupts

So my plan was simple.  Drop Betty off at work for a couple of hours.  Go to the office and get some work done.  Pick up Betty for lunch and enjoy the rest of the day.

That didn't happen.

Dropped Betty off and discover that she was only going to be there for about an hour.  By the time I arrived at the office and got set up - it would be time for me to go back and pick her up.  So I decided to stay.

1 1/2 hours in all chaos ensues, and Betty is overwhelmed with phone calls and customers.  So I jumped in to offer a little help.  This "rush" ended around 2:15 and we were both exhausted.

Now I am not griping.  Really!  I was so glad that I was there to help.  I didn't get a little, "hungry" (hungry + angry) but a quick lunch fixed that.  As I was thinking about how my plans were dashed for the day the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart and said, "I knew that was going to happen, that's why I wanted you there."

Remember my blog the other day about Mary and Martha?
"But the Lord answered her, 'Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.'" Luke 10:41-42

Apparently, Jesus interrupted Martha's day. (I think she is the type of person who would have been prepared for the arrival of Jesus.)  So she was irritated that her sister didn't help her to entertain her guests properly.  (Or at least the way she thought they should be entertaining them.)  

Some might say that Jesus was assuming too much for, "dropping in."  He wasn't.  All He was asking for was some hospitality.  (Or, opening their home for Him to teach from.)  He never expected them to entertain Him.  

What's the difference?  

Entertaining is caring for your guests every want and need.  Making sure they never get bored or offended.  Hospitality is moving the dirty laundry off of your couch to give someone a place to sit.  

Most people don't want others to see their pile of dirty laundry.  When God interrupts your schedule, He doesn't care about the dirty laundry.  He is more interested in you making the space for someone in your life at that moment.  

Who are you going to make space for today? 

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, help me to accept your interruptions today and may I make room in my life for someone who needs You.  AMEN 

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