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March 20, 2006, Enterprise Dispatch
Pastor's Column

Have you ever had your life interrupted?

By Pastor Marc Grindle, Church of Christ, Dassel

Have you ever had your life “interrupted?” Of course, we all have. It may be as simple as a phone call while in the middle of your favorite TV show. It may be something like a flat tire on the way to work or school. Or perhaps it is something more serious, like getting laid off from your job or a phone call from the doctor with the less than desirable test results.

Whatever the “interruption” may be, more often than not, we do not like it. “Interruptions” throw our schedule off and cause stress in one form or another.

As I write this, my family’s life has been “interrupted.” My wife’s mother had just had emergency open heart surgery; so my wife has gone to be with her, and I am home alone with the kids. Now thankfully surgery went well. My mother-in-law will recover, in time. My wife will return home in a few days, tired, but she will return. I will survive my week of Mr. Mom and still manage to get some of my regular duties finished. And the kids—well, I think they will survive a week with me.

The moral of this story is: even amidst “interruptions” life goes on and we learn and we grow stronger. Jesus faced one of the greatest “interruptions” ever—the cross! Yet even knowing that He would face such, He told His followers, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30, NLT)

Years later, James, the brother of Jesus, learned from Jesus and wrote this, “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.” (James 1:2-3, NLT)

Listen to my translation of this, “Although it may be tough when “interruptions” come your way, remember to keep the joy of the Lord in your heart. Because of what Jesus has done for us, we can have joy amidst our trials and “interruptions” of life. And when they come, rest assured, if you lean on the Lord, you will grow stronger for when the next “interruption” comes.”

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