Small words in the Bible can have big meanings. That’s the case in the story of the blind man who received his sight as recorded in Luke 18:40.
If the scene were recorded today, it would go viral.
Jesus was walking through Jericho, and a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. The crowd of people walking with Jesus were exuberantly excited and noisy. The commotion caught the attention of the blind man, so he calls out: “What is happening?”
“Jesus of Nazareth is passing by”, they yelled back! The blind man thought: ‘Aw, what an opportunity for some caring attention, or even a miracle!’ He refused to be silent, but called out the more. “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.”
Then an amazing thing happened: Jesus stopped! He actually stopped. What others saw as an annoying distraction, Jesus saw as an opportunity.
He ordered that the man be brought to him and asked a life-changing question: “What do you want me to do for you?” “I want to see – I desperately – want to see!” Jesus then spoke life and healing: “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.”
As I read the accounts of Jesus ministry, I have noted that much, if not most, of Jesus interaction with people was unplanned. He did not have a day timer. Nor did He reply on a daily scripted plan. He had numerous spontaneous ministry moments that were not thought through or anticipated. They just happened!
What do leaders do with interruptions? That phone call that comes at the wrong time. An email that requests something more when you already thought a task was completed. What do you do with your pressing detailed to-do list when a co-worker requests your attention and immediately?
Henry Nouwen stated: “My whole life I have been complaining that my work was constantly interrupted until I discovered the interruptions were my work.”
Accepting interruptions as God-sent is part of our development as leaders. If we believe that God is involved in our daily lives, then interruptions are part of our ministry and His growth plan for us.
Mark Batterson is his excellent book: Wild Goose Chase writes:
“Spiritual maturity has less to do with long-range visions than it does with moment-by-moment sensitivity to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. And it is our moment-by-moment sensitivity to the Holy Spirit that turns life into an everyday adventure.”
Those annoying interruptions can be and often are divine appointments to speak into a life, to bring transformation, and to witness powerfully God at work. They grow us to be open and sensitive to God’s leading. And experience a God who is bigger than we know.
Small interruptions can have big meanings!