Interruptions

Lou Lotz

READ : Luke 2:8-20

“Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place.” (v. 15)

I am a list maker. Every morning I make a list of things I need to do that day. As I go through the day I scratch things off my list as I accomplish them. But, invariably, at day’s end, only a few items have been scratched. I work hard. Why don’t I get more things done?

Interruptions. Things happen that you didn’t plan on. The phone rings. People visit. Pastoral emergencies.

As a rule, I don’t like interruptions. They seem to break up my tidy, organized life. But what if interruptions are God’s way of breaking into my life? C.S. Lewis wrote: “We must stop regarding unexpected things as interruptions to real life. The truth is that interruptions are real life, the life God sends us day by day.”

What a splendid insight. When our children interrupt us, then, or when someone visits at an untimely moment, we should say to ourselves: I am not being distracted; I am being directed. I am not having my agenda ruined; I am having it rearranged.

The shepherds are minding their flocks, when suddenly God breaks in. God rearranges their agenda. The angels announce that heaven has come as close to earth as breath and bone. The Messiah is born. Let’s go see, say the shepherds. What a wonderful interruption!

PRAYER

Lord, interrupt my life today.