Read Psalm 118:24
24 This is the day the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it. (NLT)
One older Christian was heard to lament that he learnt too late that the things that he had considered interruptions to his work were in fact his real work.
We can get frustrated with people and things that intrude into our plans. And it is true that we do need a degree of discipline to focus on the job at hand without too many distractions. Being at everyone’s beck and call, responding to every need, turning aside to each and every interruption, is a prescription for futility.
And yet we dare not dismiss such interruptions as some scheme of the devil to divert us from our true godly obedience. We need to learn that life is not neat, that our plans might need to be modified, that we are not in ultimate control of our days. We have to learn discernment. When is it right to override the interruption and stick to what we are doing and what we have planned? When is it right to give attention to the interruption and view it as a reminder that God might have other plans for us?
Not at all easy to decide. But each and every day is a gift from God, as our text indicates. We can rejoice and be glad in it only if we are able to combine discipline and discernment, to stay focussed yet flexible. Our overriding task is to identify the movement of God in the midst of the mess and mystery of much which constitutes our daily life.