[CF Devotionals] 2009-12-01 - Looking for Crayons

Recently I was intensely focused on a detailed project at work, and determined to meet a self-appointed deadline by the end of the day. Naturally, I was hoping for no “interruptions.” But right ‘smack dab’ in the middle of it, a prosecutor came into the office, and said that one of our young witnesses, who was waiting during a trial, was in need of some crayons. It is my privilege to do victim advocacy in the Criminal Justice System, and I consider everything we do to be important – because like the “Good Samaritan,” we serve those who have been victimized. But as I was searching ‘high and low’ for the crayons, something occurred to me. This is the most important thing that I have done all day, and probably the most important “work” that I will do all week. This is what it’s all about. Meeting our victims/witnesses where in their need, whether the need is for a “listening ear,” information, a companion during hearings - or finding a box of crayons.

What are the crayons in your life? Do you ever think that you could really accomplish a lot at home, work or church – if people would just stop interrupting you? Did you ever consider that perhapas those “interruptions” are moments of ministry and calling? Did you ever think that perhaps just as with Esther, you were in that place and time, for “just such a time as this?”

C.S. Lewis has said, “…What one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life—the life God is sending one day by day…”. I challenge us all to ask God to open our eyes to the myriad of ministry opportunities He places before us every day.


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