Interrupted by a Thankful Heart

Psalm 119:62 At midnight I rise to give you thanks

Sometimes when I reflect on my life as a mom, it seems like it is one big interruption. Thoughts interrupted by questions, schedules interrupted with impromptu errands and plans interrupted with unexpected illnesses, litter my memories of parenthood. I have also noted though that when my schedule, thoughts or plans are interrupted by the words, hugs and kisses of a grateful child, these interruptions do not give way to irritation or frustration. There is never a wrong time to tell your mom she's loved and appreciated.

This morning I am reading John 7:1-27. This passage takes place during one of the significant Jewish celebrations called the Feast of Tabernacles. Jesus' brothers are encouraging him to attend the festival and demonstrate His miraculous power there (Verses 1-9). Jesus ends up attending the festival secretly but begins to teach in the temple while He is there (Verses 10-14). Immediately those listening recognize His command of the Jewish scriptures and are amazed at His ability to teach them without any formal training (Verse 15). This leads to remarks about His representation of the Father in word and action and leaves the crowd pondering if He could be God's Son (Verses 16-27).

Near the beginning of this section (Verse 6) is Jesus response to His brothers. This is the verse my heart is keying on this morning. When urged to attend the celebration, Jesus responds, "The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right". This very moment is the right time to worship God. There is no wrong time to praise Him for who He is and how He works in our lives. Paul even goes on in 1 Thessalonians 5:19 to tell us that having a thankful heart under every circumstance, good or bad, is God's will for each one of us.

All day long, Jesus, may my heart overflow with gratitude. May I stand at your side, tugging your sleeve, eager to express my love for you. I want to "interrupt" your day again and again with my thankful heart.

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