Miracles IN interruptions
When we read the story of Jesus’ life on Earth, it seems like he went everywhere teaching and performing miracles. But it’s easy to miss the fact that Jesus did so many miracles in the interruptions to what he was doing. He never was too busy with the agenda for the day, never to preoccupied with ministry that he ignored a cry for help. He allowed himself to be interrupted for others.
Check out the story in Mark 5 (verses 21-43) and notice the interruptions that happen that lead to miracles.
Mark 5:21-43 NLT
Jesus got into the boat again and went back to the other side of the lake, where a large crowd gathered around him on the shore. Then a leader of the local synagogue, whose name was Jairus, arrived.
When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet, pleading fervently with him. “My little daughter is dying,” he said. “Please come and lay your hands on her; heal her so she can live.” Jesus went with him, and all the people followed, crowding around him. A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding.
She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe.
For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition.”
Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?”
His disciples said to him, “Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’”
But he kept on looking around to see who had done it. Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”
While he was still speaking to her, messengers arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. They told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.”
But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.”
Then Jesus stopped the crowd and wouldn’t let anyone go with him except Peter, James, and John (the brother of James). When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw much commotion and weeping and wailing. He went inside and asked, “Why all this commotion and weeping? The child isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.”
The crowd laughed at him. But he made them all leave, and he took the girl’s father and mother and his three disciples into the room where the girl was lying. Holding her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!” And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around! They were overwhelmed and totally amazed. Jesus gave them strict orders not to tell anyone what had happened, and then he told them to give her something to eat.
Jesus was on his way to speak to a crowd that was waiting. Then a leader in the synagogue came asking him to come heal his daughter and Jesus left the crowd to go with him. And on the way to the house, a lady who needed healing touched his robe and was healed.
Jesus didn’t just go on ahead and ignore the fact that this lady had put her hope in Him and found her healing. He stopped to bring her story to light and to celebrate her freedom.
When was the last time you allowed someone to interrupt you with their need? Maybe you’re an incredibly busy person. Or maybe you don’t feel qualified to fix all the things that are wrong with someone who interrupts you with their need.
The good news is that God hasn’t asked us to be their answer. Jesus has that role covered. Our part is the make ourselves available to show them His love.
The greatest miracles in my life have happened with God interrupts me and says, “Dino, make yourself available.” The most amazing stories I’ve been part of have happened in the form of something that interrupts my plan, my routine, or my route.
Responding well to the unexpected leads to being part of the remarkable. When we allow our lives to be interrupted, we get the chance to be part of a miracle God is ready to do in someone else’s life.
How far are you willing to go to let God do a miracle through you? Extend yourself a bit and let Him interrupt you with the chance to be part of someone else’s miracle.
Dino Rizzo serves as the Executive Director of ARC (Association of Related Churches), an organization he co-founded which has planted hundreds of churches across the country. He is the author of the book Servolution, and he serves as an Associate Pastor at Church of the Highlands in Birmingham. Dino and DeLynn have three incredible children.