The Oklahoma Ladies’ Retreat is only nine days away and I’ve been meditating a lot lately on our theme, “Interrupted.”  While I’ve contemplated a lot on the interruptions women face in their daily life, I’ve been meditating on how Jesus handled interruptions in His earthly ministry. Have you ever considered…

1. Jesus’ birth was an interruption, wasn’t it? I don’t think Mary and Joseph had any idea how their lives would be changed when angels visited each of them and revealed God’s plan for them to raise the Messiah.

2. Take a quick look at the many healings Jesus performed. Over and over, people just seemed to interrupt Jesus’ day. For instance, think about the woman who had been bleeding for 12 years in Luke 8. Jesus was on His way to the house of Jairus and, all of a sudden, this woman touched Him! In the midst of ministry, this woman interrupts the plan, touches Jesus, and is healed. Jesus’ response? “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

3. In Matthew 19, the disciples were a little out of sorts when people kept bringing children to Jesus. Jesus’ answer to this interruption? “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

4. One of my favorite “Jesus interruptions” is post-resurrection. In Luke 24, we see Jesus being the interruption for two disciples who were walking on the road to Emmaus. In this midst of their discussion, Jesus just appeared–walking right next to them! Can you imagine how they felt when they recognized the risen Christ in the midst of sharing dinner that evening?

So, here’s a few thoughts for today. How did Jesus handle interruptions? I think He welcomed them. What happened when Jesus WAS the interruption? He transformed lives so that He would be glorified.

What about you? How are you handling interruptions? How has Jesus taught you when He is the interruption and changes the course of your life?

If you can’t answer these questions or you just wanted to be challenged to face interruptions as God’s plan for your spiritual journey, attend the Oklahoma Ladies’ Retreat at Falls Creek April 16-17. Registration is open through Thursday.