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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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September 3, 2012 - Interruptions

By Elva M. Johnson

Most of us live such busy lives that unexpected delays, a cancelled reservation, or other minor interruptions in our precision-planned days tend to irritate us to the point where we cannot possibly see any good in them. But interruptions, whether cataclysmic or trifling, may actually be a part of God’s overall plan for us. The Bible is full of stories of the most unlikely sorts of interruptions, which were actually opportunities in disguise.

The jealous brothers of Joseph interrupted his life quite drastically when they sold him into slavery. Joseph found himself a slave in Potiphar’s house and eventually imprisoned. But though the route to his success led through a dungeon, Joseph’s attitude toward every interruption was expressed years later to his brothers: “So now, it was not you that sent me hither, but God” (Genesis 45:8, KJV).

Isaiah’s life was painfully interrupted by the death of the king whom he greatly admired. But the interruption proved fruitful, for later Isaiah testified that “in the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord” (Isaiah 6:1). An interruption of this sort often removes a prop we are hardly aware of, and brings a new revelation of God to us.

The number of interruptions in the life and ministry of Jesus was simply amazing, but because He turned each of them into an opportunity, we scarcely recognize them as interruptions.

He was teaching in a synagogue when, in the course of His message, a man with a need so great he could not keep still suddenly cried out. And Jesus delivered him out of his trouble (Mark 1:21-28).

A few days later, He was preaching the Word to a packed house when the roof was actually lifted off and a sick man was let down before Jesus. Quite an interruption! But He saved and healed the man (Mark 2:1-12).

Jesus interrupted other lives, too, and they were the richer for it. He interrupted a despondent fisherman as he washed his nets beside the sea after a night of fruitless toil. Then He took him out to catch his greatest haul of fish where fish were not supposed to be (Luke 5:1-11). That interruption started Peter on a new career.

A Samaritan woman, bent on the monotonous task of drawing a daily supply of water from an ancient well, was interrupted by a weary Jew who asked for a drink of water. After she recovered from the shock of the interruption, she accepted His offer of Living Water and shared the news with her village (John 4:1-42).

Time after time, Paul endured persecution and imprisonment, which were calculated to interrupt the spread of the gospel, but he could joyfully report that “the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel” (Philippians 1:12).

That God has used almost every conceivable kind of interruption to forward his work as a whole, as well as in individual lives, should encourage us to consider their possible significance when they happen to us. Let us accept even the small daily interruptions as opportunities for victorious living and the development of patience. Such an attitude will discipline us to recognize the larger interruptions allowed by our loving Heavenly Father as part of His continuous plan for our lives and for His kingdom.

— Adapted from “Interruptions” by Elva M. Johnson, originally published in the July 19, 1959, Pentecostal Evangel.

 

 

 

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