It happened on a winter Monday, my day off. Carson was eating breakfast before getting dressed and running off to school. Everyone else had left the house. I poured a cup of tea and joined him at the table. The tea was still warm when we heard a knock at the door. A neighbour wanted to borrow a snow shovel. Daisy, our English Bull Terrier, bounded up from the family room to greet him. As he bent to ruffle her ears, she shoved her bulky body between his legs and out the door.
I yelled “Come” but she hoisted her nose and started down the street.
Carson and I climbed into the van to search the snow-piled streets for Daisy. We circled the neighbourhood several times without a dog sighting. After forty-five minutes, we spotted her in a driveway, her snout protruding from between two five-foot snow banks. Carson scooped her onto the back seat where she shivered all the way home.
A hundred and fifty years before Daisy interrupted my plans, Annie Keary wrote, “One can feel that perhaps one’s true work – one’s work for God, consists in doing some trifling haphazard thing that has been thrown into one’s day. It is not a waste of time, as one is tempted to think, it is the most important work of the day – the part one can best offer to God.”
The doggy-chase frustrated me. I wanted to scream, “That’s it. That dog has to go.” I didn’t because those words would’ve upset my son.
Later, I pondered whether there had been more to our Monday morning doggie chase than a mere interruption. Could it have been the most important part of my day?
It was an opportunity for me to exercise patience – something I struggle with.
The true meaning of the word “interruption” – a personally designed encounter from God to make His ways known.
There’s a God-lesson in every experience, even frustrating interruptions.
God reveals Himself in the disagreeable events of our ordinary days. Flat tires, balking cars, snowstorms, late planes, overloaded buses, crammed waiting rooms, crashing computers, unwelcome phone calls – even mutinous mutts. Can it be that our true work for God is revealed in all of these?
Making it Personal: Lord, I’m beginning this day remembering that any events that may frustrate me today are opportunities for me to see You at work in my life.