Read Mark 10: 46-52
The Lord says, “As the heavens are higher than the
earth, so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Getting things done gives me a sense of satisfaction,
making me feel productive and complete. But interruptions
often throw myplans off
track: a family member
needing help, a clerk
wanting to chat, or some-
one’s email seeking
When I’m focused on crossing items off my list, these
disruptions frustrate me.
In contrast, scripture records many times when Jesus
chose to stop to heal people such as Bartimaeus in today’s
reading. So, lately, when faced with interruptions, I’ve also
tried to stop and lend a hand or a sympathetic ear. In these
situations, God has helped to change my perspective, showing
me that these interruptions are often more important than
my to-do list. At other times, when I can’t make sense of the
circumstances, God gives me the faith to trust in those higher
ways and thoughts.
For years I have prayed each morning, “Help me, God, to
do what you want me to do today.” Now I also pray for help
leaving undone the things God wants left undone, to trust in
God’s plans rather than mine. Instead of clinging to my to-do
list, I ask God to fill me with the sense of completeness I crave.
Prayer: Help us respond to your call to serve, Lord, and
remind us that interruptions can bring us closer to you. Give
us faith to trust in your plans and provision. Amen.
Jennifer Kirsch (Ohio)
Prayer Focus: THOSE OVERWHELMED
WI TH RESPONSIBILITIES
Thought for the Day
What is God inviting me to
leave undone today?