In one word.  Badly.  You notice this isn’t a HOW TO entry because today was not a good day for interruptions. 

My day began at 4am and every minute was carefully planned.  I would end my day at about 11pm.  Meetings I am required to attend in other cities would make that necessary.  

I had not planned to include a visit to a home of a past member who lives more than 20 miles from Melbourne and has not attended our program in 11 years.  He has another pastor but somehow I seemed to be required to drop all my concerns for the day and visit him.  Yes, he is dying.  Yes, I love him and I would want to see him before he goes to be with the Lord.  However, not today.

The Special Gathering is a ministry within the mentally challenged community.  We evangelize and disciple people who are intellectually disabled.  I am a one person staff for two chapel program in two cities.  In my two programs, we have about 100 people who attend each week.  We meet each week in our chapel programs. 

This elderly man had attended every week for more than three years.  Then he was unceremoniously moved from his group home to a private home by his support coordinator.  The home he moved into is managed by caring young woman.  It is a small mom and pop operation.  Somehow, Special Gathering could not be arranged as part of his new life. 

The long and short of the adventure was that I went to see him.  I intended to stay for five minutes but the Lord obviously meant for me to stay longer.  I couldn’t get into my car for an hour.  I was stuck and I’m glad.  The Lord slowed me down and forced me to minister to the whole household.  I was blessed more than they were.

Our call to worship at Special Gathering for this quarter is “I will walk with you and be your God and you will be my people.”  Later in the day at a Volusia board meeting, I was reminded by Pastor Mark Malcomn of Port Orange Baptist Church that the Lord said, “Walk” not run.  Interruptions sometimes are given to us to bless us and to slow us down. 

Maybe someday I’ll learn to listen and enjoy the adventures these interruptions present, even if my day is already too full.