When Jesus is interrupted

Look with me at something beautiful.  If God is sovereign and His purpose cannot be thwarted, and if Jesus is God-in-the-flesh, how is it that He seems to allow Himself to be interrupted at times?  In Genesis, God merely speaks a word and, instantly, the world is created.  Yet Jesus at times allowed His indicated intentions to be interrupted.  After his disciples returned from a very fruitful (and probably stressful) preaching and healing trip, probably needing some time to decompress and debrief with Him:

When the apostles returned, they gave an account to Him of all that they had done. Taking them with Him, He withdrew by Himself to a city called Bethsaida. But the crowds were aware of this and followed Him; and welcoming them, He began speaking to them about the kingdom of God and curing those who had need of healing.                 Luke 9:10-11

As much as His disciples needed Him to interpret for them the glorious things they had seen God do and ask Him questions, other human needs pressed in.  And He allowed the interruption, as though pressing pause for a moment.  Another example:

tap on shoulderAnd there came a man named Jairus, and he was an official of the synagogue; and he fell at Jesus’ feet, and beganto implore Him to come to his house; for he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was dying.

But as He went, the crowds were pressing against Him.  And a woman who had a hemorrhage for twelve years, and could not be healed by anyone, came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak, and immediately her hemorrhage stopped. And Jesus said, “Who is the one who touched Me?” 

While He was still speaking, someone came from the house of the synagogue official, saying, “Your daughter has died; do not trouble the Teacher anymore.” But when Jesus heard this, He answered him, “Do not be afraid any longer; only believe, and she will be made well.”  He said, “Stop weeping, for she has not died, but is asleep.”  He, however, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Child, arise!” And her spirit returned, and she got up immediately. . .                           Luke 8:41-45, 49, 52, 54, 55

Was Jesus so moved by the heartbreaking human condition around Him that He would put His present mission on hold momentarily in order to show kindness to someone in need?  Or was He so confident that His Father would do what is right and good for the disciples and the sufferers, regardless of any little delays and detours?

I could do with a large dose of that confidence in God rather than in keeping my agenda.  Help me, Lord, to have so large a view of You that I do not worry about my little part down here.  Help me to leave the results to You.  Let me acknowledge that you are in charge of my schedule.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.      Philippians 4:6-7

 

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