How do you handle interruptions throughout the course of your day? I don’t always handle them well. Sometimes, I have a plan for how I
need want my day to go, then when (notice I didn’t say if) my plans are interrupted I can become quite stressed.
In my current season of life, I find that my days are interrupted quite often. My mother, who has Alzheimer’s, often feels the need to be comforted or reassured. She is still mobile and sometimes she takes walks when she is restless. Many days though she comes to me instead or in addition to. This is what I want her to do. This is why I live next door to her. I want her to feel safe and welcomed.
Still. Some days when I need rest or time to reflect, or write, or even just be, the interruption can be somewhat overwhelming. Especially, when it is the third, fourth or fifth time in one day. I pray about this for two reasons. One, I don’t ever want my mother to feel like she is intruding and two, I don’t want to have any regrets in how I’ve ministered to her during this season of her life.
She won’t always be with me and so I want to treasure the time I have left with her and if that means putting my plans on hold to chat with her for a few moments that is what I will do. God will give me the grace to show her mercy and compassion.
I’m reminded of God’s grace and mercy to me. I’m reminded of how Jesus interrupted his life to lay it down for me. How can we even complain when our life is interrupted to meet the needs of another? I don’t think we can.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Matthew 5:7
Dear Father, help us today to show your mercies to those you send our way. May we be ever mindful of your great mercy shown to us in the gift of Jesus Christ and his death on the cross for our sins. Amen.
Finding mercy in grace,
This post is part of a 31 day series in which I am prompted to write by the ebb and flow of my daily life. I may miss a day here and there. You can click the button to the right for the complete series. Thanks for reading. I’d love for you to leave a comment and let me know you stopped by.