When God Interrupts Your Schedule
by: Michael Woods | May 20, 2018
Has God ever messed with your schedule? I know I often feel that way.
I was reading the New Testament the other day and I came across two sisters that I really identified with. You know them perhaps: Mary and Martha.
There’s two story’s about them that teach us two life-lessons about when God interrupts your schedule.
We read the first story in Luke chapter 10, when Jesus showed up a bit too early. You remember: Jesus and the disciples arrived for a meal and Mary and Martha hadn’t finished the preparations yet. In fact there was a lot “to do” items on the checklist that still needed finishing. It’s a story that Martha gets a bit of a bad rap for because she says,
“Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” And Jesus answered, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
Mary who sat at Jesus’ feet listening, while Martha busied herself with preparations for the guests and quickly became bothered because her sister wasn’t helping. We seem to talk about Martha smugly, with a bit of distaste, as if we actually knew her and had been at the scene that day: “Can you believe Martha acted that way when Jesus was actually in her house? I for sure would have been sitting as His feet…”
Of course, many of us want to be like Mary, the sister who chose the “right” thing. But most of us are actually more like Martha. We truly love and trust in Jesus, but we’re distracted by the things in our daily lives that keep us from taking in His presence and worshiping Him fully.
So when God interrupts your schedule, pay attention. It’s never an accident. There’s something that He wants you to see and to learn.
The next story was far more heartbreaking. Mary and Martha believed that Jesus came too late. You might remember that story. It’s found in John’s Gospel, chapter 11, and it’s a story of when they send to Jesus and say, “Lord, Lazarus, the one whom you love is sick, please come.”
And Jesus, when He hears the news, He’s about one day away. And yet Scripture says that when Jesus hears that Lazarus was sick, He stays two more days in the place that He was.
Not two minutes. Or two hours. Two DAYS.
Sounds unloving, doesn’t it? Especially when we read that during those two days – Lazarus died. Sounds very unloving.
When our prayers go unanswered — it’s easy to think Jesus is unloving.
But John goes out of his way to show us that Jesus is — Not unloving at all.
Look at verse 5 —
Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus (John 11:5).
He loved them.
Have you ever been in a situation where you needed God to answer prayer and you needed Him to answer now? And it’s not a selfish thing you were praying for, it was something that really mattered. But it seemed as if Jesus is silent.
From these two stories, I’ve learned that Jesus is never too early and He’s never too late.
Even when you think God is too late, I encourage you to think back to the story of Mary and Martha when Lazarus is in the tomb.
It’s there that we read in John 11:35 — “Jesus wept.”
There’s a whole book in that little tiny verse because even though Jesus knows He’s about to restore Lazarus, bringing him back from the dead, restoring him to Mary and Martha…He weeps for the pain we often experience in the process of waiting for Him.
I just wanted to remind you today, however God’s timing seems, early or late, He sees everything that’s happening and He feels your pain. God loves you more than you’ll ever understand.