Today I got up and had certain things that I wanted to get done today but someone got sick and that has rearranged all of my plans. Isn't that life? It got me to thinking: how I deal with these plan-changers makes all the difference.
Life happens all around us all the time. We will get a phone call out of the blue that someone we love has passed or perhaps someone we know is engaged or expecting a baby. When those we are close to are involved, it suddenly very much involves us. Or sometimes it's something more mundane like wanting to get something done at work or home and there just seems to be constant interruptions.
At the end of the day and in light of eternity, how important is this? Don't get me wrong - I know that there are things that we DO have to get done, deadlines and commitments that need to be fulfilled. I'm not talking about the big have-to's, I'm talking about those little things like phone calls or 'do you have a minute?'. Bottom line: people are important. I never want someone to feel like they are a bother or an inconvenience. Sometimes you might have to tell someone: I'm sorry but I really have to get this done. Can I call you later? But in all of life's interruptions, I want my first priority to be asking God: what does this person need? Will You give me the wisdom I need to help them or to bless them?
Our ways are not God's ways and sometimes an interruption is just what WE need. Sometimes we get too focused on things and people tend to fall by the wayside. An encouragement for your week: look at interruptions as little blessings or little learnings and welcome them. Sometimes a change of plans is just what the doctor ordered!