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UNINVITED INTERRUPTIONS - Luke 8:42b-48

UNINVITED INTERRUPTIONS

Luke 8:42b-44

As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.


Greetings!


BlogFam, 
As most of you know, I am not an only child.  I am actually the oldest of five.  So, yes, I come from a large family and I  can honestly and thankfully say that I know without a shadow of doubt that my parents LOVE ME!  And while I know that my parents LOVE ME, I also know that they love my sister and my three brothers as well.  And in some miraculous way, as we were growing up in their household and even now as we are spread apart and living in different states, each of us knows that our parents LOVE us.  


This is an important realization to have as a child growing up with so many people around you.  As the oldest daughter and child, I have always been a pretty independent person.  I had goals and I was very driven ever since I can remember and my parents nurtured that within me through their support and their correction along the way.  At the same time, because I am not the only child, there were times when the spotlight was not on Delesslyn.  There were times when their attention had to be focused on my sister or one of my three brothers because of their desire to train ALL of us up in the way of the Lord that we should go.


This means that there were moments when I might be in conversation with either one of my parents but if an issue or concern was raised by one of my siblings that took priority in that moment, their attention was redirected to one of them.  Now, to me, that was an uninvited interruption; but to my parents, I have understood for a long time that, in wisdom and in love, the redirection of their attention to nurture the "other" child was necessary.  It also did not mean that their love for me was any less intense.  It was just that I had to always be open to the reality that their love for my sister and my three brothers was just as intense as their love for me.  


My appreciation for my parents love for all five of their children has helped me to understand how God could indeed love the whole world and not withhold that magnificent love from any one of us or any part of creation.  There are times when it seems that God's ear is more inclined to one part of the world or another, where God's hand is providing in one neighborhood or another, where God's heart is broken over one situation or another AND yet, as a daughter of the Most High, I do not feel like God's love for me is any less intense than God's love is for those whose prayers seem to be getting answered more quickly than my own. 


However, I admit that there have been moments along my journey that hearing about the move of God in another person's life was a not so glorious testimony to hear because I was still waiting for God to move in my own.  Their testimony was like an uninvited interruption that felt like God made me wait so that their needs could have the undivided attention of the divine.  But I have learned that God's delay was not God's denial of God's love and attention toward me.  I have learned that in God's wisdom, another person's answered prayer was actually an encouragement to my heart, a surge to my faith, and a revival of my hope that God loves me...and them too.


And this is where we find ourselves in the text for today.


Jairus asked Jesus to come to his house to give his attention to his dying daughter but on the way, there was another believer in the power of Jesus who needed his attention too.


As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.


AND not only did her bleeding stop but so did Jesus.  


Jairus had already asked Jesus to come to his house to give his attention to his dying daughter but on the way, there was another believer in the power of Jesus who needed his attention too AND when she touched Jesus, he stopped, paused, halted his travel to redirect His attention to this woman who touched Him.


Luke 8:45-48 NIV


“Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”  But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”  Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”


This was an uninvited interruption to Jairus; but it was the welcomed resolution to a twelve year sickness of this bleeding woman.


BlogFam, the Lord is on His way to your house, to answering your prayers, to resolving your issues, to healing your pain, to comforting your grieving heart.  Yet along the way, there will be other sisters and brothers who will seemingly distract the Lord's attention from your situation.  BUT do not be dismayed, whatever betides, God will take care of YOU.  BE ENCOURAGED by God's outpouring of love to all of creation and the attention God gives to their needs because God has done, is doing, and will do the same for you.


And the truth is that YOU and YOUR ISSUE is an uninvited interruption to someone's situation so we all must be patient and trust that in God's amazing love and in God's phenomenal wisdom, God will press pause so that we can be encouraged and inspired by the testimony of others while God is "on the way" to us.


God Loves You and I Do Too!
Delesslyn


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