Interrupted by Grace

January 7, 2016  - By Gretchen Saffles

When productivity feels impossible and interruptions seem to multiply, I remind myself of how Jesus handled distractions.

He didn’t turn the little children away, He welcomed them into His lap (Mark 10:13-16).

He didn’t scold the bleeding woman who touched the hem of His garment while He was on His way to see Jarius’ daughter.

He healed her (Matthew 9:18-26).

He didn’t rebuke His disciples for interrupting His time with the Father, He gave them direction and went with them (Mark 1:35-39).

Jesus was the ultimate example for handling interruptions with grace and purpose.

Maybe the distractions in our days are His whispers to slow us down and help us remember we need Him? Maybe the child who calls for you when you are working or the friend who asks you to listen when you are heading somewhere are His ministry for you today? And maybe interruptions really aren’t interruptions at all, but are gifts of grace?

Let’s receive His grace, embrace the interruptions, and slow down to savor His goodness as we go throughout our days.

your sister,


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  1. Talia says:

    He has been teaching me this as well! My family always walks in on my quiet time! There is whole lot more joy when we choose to embrace the interruptions! Thanks for this Gretchen!

  2. says:

    Oh, this is such a beautiful reminder. of days gone by. A time when life was less hectic. When one was always greatful to find a visitor knocking at your door.

    I find it hard to stop what I’m doing and take time to enjoy doing the little things. Yet, due to an injury, I now find myself sitting at my dining table having coffee the old fashion way "homemade" with my girlfriends and neighbors. It’s such a treat and a nice change up from the I’ll meet you at the coffee shop for a quick catchup on life!

  3. Hi Gretchen, this is beautifully written. And very timely for my life. Children are so refining, aren’t they? It’s hard for me to let go of my time and invest it all in my little ones. I don’t like saying that, but it’s true. I struggle wanting time for myself, and my little bundles of blessings require much time and effort right now.

  4. says:

    HI Gretchen,

    This is such a beautiful post. I need this reminder almost everyday. I often feel like I want to accomplish a lot but can’t do it because of all the interruptions from my lil girl. I love her so much and want to be able to embrace every moment with her. This post just got me thinking of interruptions in a very different way

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