Reading with the Pastor
Acts 3 and Psalms 5 and 6
Peter and John had no idea what the day was going to bring. They were just going about their business, two friends transformed by Christ, wondering no doubt what the day would include.
“Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the ninth hour (3 o’clock), the hour of prayer.” (3:1)
But on the way, they met a man, or rather, a man met them and called out to them asking for money. You can read the whole story if you need a refresher but I was struck by the thought that when Peter and John got up that morning, they were just two friends who had been transformed by the resurrection and their contact with Jesus. Later they made their way to the Temple. And on their way to something else, they met a man.
I wonder how much of life is filled up with these
divinely ordained “interruptions” to our plans?
Don’t be too quick to grumble and complain about the interruptions to what you thought you were going to do with your time. Whether it is interrupted sleep or interrupted mornings, afternoons, or evenings, God might be putting something or someone on your radar screen that is part of His plan for using you to build His kingdom. These can be transformed from irritations to glory with the right attitude.
“But what about what I intended to do?”
God will give you grace when you give Him the moment. Sometimes his grace will come in the form of a breakthrough in thinking that shortens the projects time, or a series of green lights that allow you to make it to your destination on time. Sometimes someone else will step up to help. Sometimes the thing that was so important turns out to be not so. The point is to be available to the Spirit of God. Give the Lord yourself, your time included and see what He might do.
Afterall, isn’t that what Romans 12:1-2 is all about?
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.