The LORD says, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” — Isaiah 55:9 (NIV)
Getting things done gives me a sense of satisfaction, making me feel productive and complete. But interruptions often throw my plans off track: a family member needing help, a clerk wanting to chat, or someone’s email seeking last-minute volunteers. When I’m focused on crossing items off my list, these disruptions frustrate me.
In contrast, scripture records many times when Jesus chose to stop to heal people such as Bartimaeus in today’s reading. So, lately, when faced with interruptions, I’ve also tried to stop and lend a hand or a sympathetic ear. In these situations, God has helped to change my perspective, showing me that these interruptions are often more important than my to-do list. At other times, when I can’t make sense of the circumstances, God gives me the faith to trust in those higher ways and thoughts.
For years I have prayed each morning, “Help me, God, to do what you want me to do today.” Now I also pray for help leaving undone the things God wants left undone, to trust in God’s plans rather than mine. Instead of clinging to my to-do list, I ask God to fill me with the sense of completeness I crave.