Are you busy when God interrupts?

Exploring Jesus’ Miracles in Matthew 9

By Bennett Rolan – BSF Editorial Manager

Before my alarm clock could ring, I was already awake. Lying in bed and staring at the ceiling, I mentally worked through my to-do list. 

I had school lunches to pack, emails to read, yesterday’s laundry to fold and, yet somehow, I desperately needed to find time to connect with the Lord. 

Busyness isn’t an excuse for neglecting time with our Father. But balancing everyday demands can feel overwhelming, limiting our time and spiritual availability. 

As I prayed through my frustration, I thought about Jesus’ daily life. While He was responsible for shepherding 12 wayward men, He taught crowds of thousands, built an eternal kingdom, and withstood consistent opposition to His ministry. 

Jesus was busy! But in Matthew 8:1, when “large crowds followed Him,” He paused to respond to a request to heal a man with leprosy. When I read Jesus’ words in verse 3, I’m stunned by His powerful response, “I am willing.”

Examining my own heart, I have to ask, “Am I willing?” 

Am I willing to be interrupted? Am I willing to sacrifice my productivity, my comfort, and my control to be interrupted by those God places in my path?

In his famous work, Life Together, German Theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, “We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God. God will be constantly crossing our paths and canceling our plans by sending us people with claims and petitions. We may pass them by, preoccupied with our more important tasks. … It is a strange fact that Christians and even ministers frequently consider their work so important and urgent that they will allow nothing to disturb them. They think they are doing God a service in this, but actually they are disdaining God’s ‘crooked yet straight path.’” 

Jesus Saw Her

In Matthew 9:18, a desperate synagogue leader knelt before Jesus saying “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.” We might expect Jesus to rush, following God’s direction and serving this influential man. 

But in Matthew 9:22, Jesus stopped on the way. When a suffering woman touched His robe, “Jesus turned and saw her.” 

Jesus saw beyond the woman’s position and status. He paused, setting His plans aside to respond tenderly to her, calling her “daughter.” Instead of rushing through the crowd to the home of an important man, Jesus took time to see straight to her heart. He saw her need and honored her faith.

1 Samuel 16:7b tells us, “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Jesus Responded in Faith

After healing the woman, Jesus arrived at the Synagogue leader’s home. A crowd had already gathered to mourn the death of the sick young girl whom Jesus came to save. 

Jesus responded with faith and confidence, trusting the Father to accomplish His plan. His response seemed so ridiculous that the crowd “laughed at Him.”

Jesus miraculously raised the girl from the dead, and “News of this spread through all that region.”

The Father was glorified when Jesus was interrupted on His behalf, and He’s glorified when we respond with the same faith. So often, when my plans are derailed, I lose sight of how God may be working. I forget my faith, not trusting that when I’m interrupted by God, nothing, not even death, can stop His perfect plan.

Bigger Plans Than Ours

In 1938, when Bonhoeffer wrote Life Together, being “interrupted by God” meant putting his life on hold to actively resist the Nazi rise to power. He ultimately sacrificed his plans to become a university professor, to get married, and to start a family. Deeply sensitive to the needs of those around him, Bonhoeffer walked God’s “crooked yet straight path.”  

In 1940 he was forbidden from speaking in public. In 1941, his right to print or publish was revoked. In 1943, Bonhoeffer was finally arrested. He was executed in 1945, shortly before the Allied troops liberated the concentration camp. 

Throughout Hitler’s regime, Bonhoeffer faithfully defended God’s Word and His people. His response followed a pattern of daily commitment to God, holding his plans loosely before the Father. 

When we practice looking for God’s interruptions, we make a habit of seeing people as God does. And when a great moment comes, when He asks us to respond in faith, we are ready.

Personally, Matthew 9 forces me to ask, “Am I willing?” These verses challenge me to pray for eyes to see and a faith to respond.

Through Jesus’ moments on the cross and His resurrection, I find the courage to believe that God can accomplish anything. 

Acts 2:24 reminds us, “But God raised Him from the dead. He set Him free from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on Him.”

If our Savior isn’t bound by death itself, then we can trust Him with our time, our schedules, our finances, and our fears.  We, too, can find the freedom to be interrupted by God, trusting that He will expand our time and capacity to accomplish His plans.

In light of the gospel, a busy day can be one more opportunity for God to interrupt. It’s one more day for us to respond. And it’s another moment for us to become a little more like Jesus.

Learn more about Jesus’s miracles in the book of Matthew. Join a BSF class near you! https://join.bsfinternational.org/ 

Bennett Rolan

Editorial Manager

Bennett Rolan joined the BSF staff in 2017 after working for several Christian ministries and non-profits. She loves to combine her passion for God’s Word and her journalism background to share stories of God’s Work in and through BSF. As a wife to a busy college football coach and a mom to four young children, BSF studies keep her relationship with the Lord grounded and focused. She loves to learn from fellow believers as God faithfully grows her each day.

 

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155 Comments

  1. I loved this article as I’m a planner and have to realize that God happens when I’m planning life! My plans are not His plans, I take courage knowing that He is in charge!

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  2. Why is that the “big” miracles today (receiving an appearance from a dead person; being cured of an inability to walk) only happen to Pentecostals and Roman Catholics? What is the explanation for this??

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    • Dear Gary – we are planning a blog series on miracles next year and hope to answer some of these questions! Thank you for sharing

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  3. I love the divine appointments that God brings into my daily life

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    • Judy – me too! Thank you for sharing, sometimes we just get too busy to really see how God is working

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  4. Thank you Bennett,
    I have just read your words after finishing and being challenged by Matthew 25 v 40- And the King will answer them, “Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to Me.” Prayer this week – “Give me eyes to see who I can serve through simple acts of love.”

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    • Frances – praying that too!

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  5. Hi Bennett,
    Today I needed to be reminded of how God works. Thank you:)
    Connie King

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  6. ‘When we practice looking for God’s interruptions… we make a habit of seeing others as God does..’
    Gentle reminder, love your neighbor, serve your neighbor, serve the Lord.
    Thank you Bennett for sharing.

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  7. This brings me to tears. His sacrifice (Bonhoeffer) probably helped many; still we need more like him. Like Melchizedek.

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  8. Good ideas here. Thank you! We all need to be reminded that God’s interruptions are His divine interruptions.

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  9. Thank you so much for submitting to the leading of the Holy Spirit. That was beautifully written!

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  10. Thank you so much!!!! This is the first time I read a BSF blog. I didnt know BSF had one after over 11 years with BSF. This spoke to me at the right time I needed.

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  11. His own city : This must mean Capernaum, as previously noted Matthew 4:13. They brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed : Other Gospels in Mark 2 and Luke 5 explain how the man was brought to Jesus. Because of the crowds, his friends lowered him down to Jesus through the roof.

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  12. Oh wow! The many times I have felt too busy to study the word and pray. You have challenged me and the question I should ask myself is, `I’m I ready to be interrupted?’ and if I am willing, the Lord will definitely enable me. Be blessed.

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  13. Thank you so much for your anointing message! Sometimes I am too busy with my errands responding to His interruptions.

    I have learned a lot from your sharing and I stepped up to the next level for His Glory!

    God Bless You! Numbers 6:24-26

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  14. Oh how I needed this during this Advent season. Thank you. I pray that the Holy Spirit helps me see His divine interruptions that I can respond in faith and obedience for the fame of His glory.

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  15. Thank you very much for sharing that is very good thoughts and much needed in my life to pause if God is calling. I prayed for you. We are involved with A Football Life and we know the criticism can be painful at times. Blessings

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  16. Excellent principle from Matthew 9. I pray, that I too “am willing.”

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  17. I too, ask myself “Am I willing”. I want to be willing, but fear what I will have to be willing to do. I pray for strength and courage to answer God’s call.

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    • Agnes, I understand! Our pastor this weekend talked about fear and asking “what if.” That is my immediate reaction! Praying for a faith outlook over fear. Praying for you too!

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  18. Wow! Am I willing to be interrupted by God?

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  19. Thank you so much… with His Grace I will remember to trust and joyfully respond to His interruptions and remember yours and Bonhoeffer’s words. How easily we are distracted
    from our daily walk by the cares of this World.

    Blessings to you and BSF.

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  20. Thank you for blessing me today. Wonderful insight to this scripture.

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  21. “When we practice looking for God’s interruptions, we make a habit of seeing people as God does. And when a great moment comes, when He asks us to respond in faith, we are ready.”  – AMEN for this powerful, spiritual insight. I know that even a flat tyre on my commute isn’t just an inconvenience, I seek to know what God is telling me with that ‘flat tyre’ interruption, I get more attentive to listen to His quiet voice. God Bless you all

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    • Gathoni, thank you for sharing! He is so faithful in all things, praying for “attentiveness” also

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    • This is powerful Gathoni.

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  22. Thanks so much for your message of being interrupted! I will take it to heart. Blessings for Thanksgiving Day and ever after, Mary

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    • Thank you for your insight!

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  23. This story touches my heart.
    I have been a BSF member since 2013, but stepped out of BSF to care for my son who has cancer.
    I wonder how would Jesus had handled this. Would he still had made time for BSF and cared for a son who is battling cancer? Am I a quitter?

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    • Dear Judy, absolutely not! God uses tools like BSF to draw Him to us in different seasons. His Word is not bound by a Bible Study but transforms us through the Holy Spirit. We would love to have you in a BSF group, but know that God will meet you as you seek Him during this challenging time. I’ll pray for you, Judy, and ask that God will draw near. I’m praying that you’ll feel His presence daily. You are not alone! If you are looking for a way to study through BSF on your own, WordGo offers BSF studies in an app that can be done individually. You can find that information here! https://wordgo.org/

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    • Judy, Your comment touched my heart. Quitter?? I don’t think I would use that harsh of a word. You are caring for an ill person. I have found however, that staying in BSF has helped me through some really hard times. Staying focused on HIM, makes all things easier. Praying for you right now!!

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      • Karen, beautifully shared!

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    • Judy, caring for your son doesn’t make you a quitter… makes you a mum who rightly loves her son and what a gift to have the time to care for him!
      I had a thought that bsfonline might be a good option for you… it’s only an hour a week of discussion which you can do from home. The support from others in the group would be encouraging for you. Your son may benefit from you discussing what you’re reading too! Mother and son reading the word together would be beautiful! And of course there’s no pressure to do all your lesson cos you’ll still learn from showing up 1 hr a week and listening to the others in the group. Having a BSF group from around the world committed to praying over you and your son each week might be a perfect gift for your family. Just a thought. .

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      • Anne, such a great thought! I love this thread of BSFers around the world praying for Judy and her son. So thankful for the Body of Christ!

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  24. Bennett’s question is such a powerful reminder to me…”Am I willing?’
    “I am asking for the Lord’s help!

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  25. Although I have studied the bible for many years, God always reveals something new to me. Just think…Jesus carried out God’s plans without interruption. What if he had decided I am not going to the cross, because I have something more important to do. What’s more important than spending time with God.

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    • Yvonne, that is so true! How can any task be more fruitful than connecting with the Father? So simple but too easy for me to forget. Thankful for you!

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  26. Loved the little devotion

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  27. We can make every excuse in the world not to be about God’s business. I find myself volunteering to help without thinking. I drop and do for others knowing I live with myself and can do “me” later. More of God and less of me.
    Thanks Bennett for the good reminder. I enjoyed it.

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  28. Praise God who responds to our faith and see’s us right where we are at.

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    • Amen, Esther! He goes before us on the mountains and into the valleys. Thankful for your faith!

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  29. “We, too, can find the freedom to be interrupted by God, trusting that He will expand our time and capacity to accomplish His plans. “ What a timely reminder for me ! Praise the Lord for He knows our weakness and needs !

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    • So amazing how one can be mean with time which is in Gods hands anywhere! The Almighty desires to fellowship with His children and wants to reveal Himself to us! Can only do this when we avail ourselves to His bidding. Lord help me surrender my time to you. I mean quality time!

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      • Shumie, I love that you said “quality time.” I’m so quick to pray and “check it off my to-do list.” Thank you for that reminder.

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      • Amen.

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  30. I like the aspect of allowing an “interruption from God” it is a good reminder that we have to be careful to put time with God first even in the midst of our busy schedules, not forgetting that all what makes us busy is from Him!

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    • Jennifer, such a great thought!

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  31. Putting God first is our calling but we get caught up in daily routines and needs. This struck home as realized I need to be more open to His directing my life.

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  32. READING THIS GIVES ME A LOT TO THINK ABOUT.I KNOW I NEED TO PUT MY PRIORITIES IN ORDER.

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  33. Iam blessed to be in Bsf

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  34. I am challenged to ask myself am “I willing to be interrupted by God ” in order that HE would complete his work and be glorified. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

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  35. So good… I awake now with Lord I can’t do this !!! But you can so Lets get up and get going…Each day another gift and I look to see the gems He hides along the path…Blessings my Dear Sister in Christ Jesus

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  36. Woh, this is awesome and mind opening ‼️Am I always ready to be interrupted by God? Lord I ask that the Holy Spirit help me to be ready for Your interruptions at all times in Jesus precious name. Amen 🙏🏼.

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  37. “We… can …be interrupted by God” yes, but when God interrupts, how I respond is reflective of my relationship w/Him. Am I where I should be to know that God is calling for a connection w/me? Is my relationship on track? Thank you for this message so thoughtfully and beautifully presented.

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  38. Bennett, apologies for not reading this earlier, but i was really busy! should have stopped and read it right away. Great reminder, thank you.

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    • Thank you for this beautiful reminder. I am…ready to be interrupted by God ? This means given out my time, self and comfort- to do the Father’ will, first! @ all time.

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  39. Thank you so much. Reminds me to be looking for Jesus’ interruptions.

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  40. Such a nourishment. Be blessed.

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  41. This is so very thought provoking and needed for me to ‘chew’ on. Thank you!

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  42. This article caught me red handed. I was scrolling through my email and came by the email from BSF and I thought should I open this or leave it for later which of course with the busy activities of the day I will forget. As I then read your article I understood it was God interrupting me.I gained better knowledge of Jesus first miracle from Dr Jonathan Pennington article which rightly encourages me to have faith in all situations.

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  43. Thank you for reminding me of keeping focus on Jesus’ power & compassion.

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  44. What wisdom in your comments and a great reminder to all of us that we need to respond YES to God’s interruptions! Thank You so much for allowing God to use you in your writing to encourage others. What a gift! Praise God for His word and the ability to study it in BSF.

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  45. Very encouraging to be reminded that Jesus was busy yet had time to heal when interrupted. He stopped on His way to go raise the dead daughter of an important man to heal a suffering woman who touched His rope. I am moved by this to allow God interrupt any part of my day and life for His glory. Thank you very much for reminding me of Jesus total submission to His Father’s leading moment by moment.

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  46. Wow! These article has reminded me why I’m in service to God. Thank you for reminding me to embrace and look forward to God’s interruptions.

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  47. Wow, spot on! I hear you God, loud & clear.

    Thank you for this article Bennett, it really spoke to me.

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  48. Thank you! I needed to hear your words.

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  49. This was really good 👍🏼 thank you. I have in Ta friend that have known since 1992. This blog gives meat to a Christian who has “learned on her own” but has ended up not really knowing what Jesus is really about. Your blog has helped clarify what and who Jesus is and does, and is about.. Thankyou

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  50. What a timely words I need to hear! Thank you!

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  51. Thank you! This read has helped me to navigate my narrow road with a more godly perspective.

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  52. Bennett, Your article came at a time when I experienced God interrupting my plans! I knew, without doubt, that God was telling me it was His Will and not mine. Yet, he made sure I could not do it! For once, I knew and listened. What a blessing that God interrupted as He works in and through me.

    Nancy S.

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    • Yes Nancy! So thankful we are in this together. I love how God works in and through the Body!

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  53. Thank you. I needed to read this.

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    • Judy, I’m so glad! God is so faithful to draw our eyes to Himself in unexpected ways. So thankful we are walking through this study together!

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  54. Thank you Bennett, your blog is extremely timely- especially during the holidays!

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    • Kristianne, this season can be so distracting! Praying for focus on Christ along with you ❤️

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  55. Thank you, God interrupted my business this morning so I could STOP and read your article. I move forward with a renewed perspective for my day. ❤️

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    • Irene, that’s awesome! Praying for a renewed perspective too

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  56. Good morning Bennet. May God continue to bless you and empower you in the explanation of His word. It was enlightening especially the line which caught my attention “Jesus responded with FAITH & Confidence trusting the Father to accomplish His plan”.
    I think, for me, I thought mostly of the sovereignty of Jesus, failing to remember that while on earth He was fully man. He demonstrated His humanity and set an example for us to follow. Thanks

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    • Angela, yes! I’m so tempted to think “well, that worked for Jesus but can’t work for me.” So grateful for the Hebrews 2:17 reminder!

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  57. So many morsels to chew on in this article! What a call to my heart to ask myself:
    Am I practicing looking for God’s interruptions?
    Am I ready?
    Am I willing?
    This was so well written and inspiring! Thank you.

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    • Amy, I’m so glad you are encouraged! A lot of room for us to “practice” in the weeks ahead 🙂

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  58. Thank you Bennet! I read your article aloud as my husband and I were driving. It inspired and motivated us to be ready and eager to meet Jesus’ plans wherever we are and no matter what we’re doing. Thank you for sharing!

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  59. Thank you for this perspective. I love thinking of God orchestrating my crooked yet straight path every day.

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  60. After reading this I realize how much I need to learn to hold my plans loosely before The Father. Thank you for this much-needed insight.

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    • Sheri, I am constantly asking God to remind me of this also. I’ll pray that for you, too. So grateful we are walking through Matthew together!

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  61. This article was encouraging and affirmed my belief. I struggle with staying on tasks when I’m interrupted by the needs of others. Many times, I allow the interruption believing that it’s where God wants/need me at that time. And, knowing what I was doing will still be there.

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    • Tanya, I’m so encouraged by this – “knowing what I was doing will still be there” ! So often I think that the world rests on my shoulders when it is really held in the palm of His hand. Thankful for you!

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  62. Thank you Bennett for sharing your conviction and challenge about being “willing.” In my heart I’ve always was willing to do what the Holy Spirit would ask me to do. However, after reading Matthew 9 and attending BSF group study concerning this chapter, I now know that I’ve been wrestling with fear and now I realize how fear has an affect on hindering my immediate obedience to submitting to the voice of Father God. Since reading your blog and attending BSF Matthew chapter 9 group
    study, I now realize that with the Holy Spirit’s help and empowerment that I already have the victory over the Spirit of Fear. I must choose to TRUST my Father God and truly Believe that He is directing my steps in this life.

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    • Amen, Marcia! Our life has also taken twists and turns. I too am tempted to let fear drive my decision making. Thankful to study alongside you!

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  63. Your insights are a reminder for me to invite people to engage in God’s kingdom as they willing but need some encouragement to engage.

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  64. This reminds me of a vital understanding from lesson 7. “Moment by moment consciousness of God’s presence and power changes what the believer values and pursues.” Surrendering each day’s moments to God helps me recognize and appreciate His interruptions as opportunities to do His Will.

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  65. Her words are so true! I have the choice daily to listen to God’s voice in my life and to answer the question—am I willing. And He waits for my reply. Thanks for this thought-provoking article.

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  66. What a wonderful way to start my morning, reading
    Bennett’s blog! I was feeling interrupted by my husband’s and my Breakthrough Covid that we are just now getting through. But, our prayers and those of many others were what kept us going, trusting our amazing God! This blog was exactly what I needed at exactly the right time. Our God is amazing!! Thank you!

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  67. Such a timely message. Thank you!

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  68. Thank you for this reminder. At times I get so busy I view an interruption as an inconvenience. This has helped me to view interruptions in a different light. It is not that I didn’t know this I didn’t always recognize that God’s plan and my plans didn’t always coincide. Thank you! 🙏

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  69. Just 1 faithful person, that decides to take the right step, sends off rippels on the water that can touches the lives of many: the mercy of God did that, the compassion of Jesus, the honest account of the apostles, our BSF classes, every true follower & see this beautiful encouragement!

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  70. That is good stuff Ms.Rolan. Thank you for allowing God to interrupt whatever life goals you may have had so that you are able to write for His glory. I know that your book will be a blessing to many!

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  71. I am so encouraged by this article. Now that I am retired, I find myself interrupted on a daily basis with family needs and conversations. I longed for the day to be able to have the “time” for my family to help and be an encourager. Many days, I find myself exhausted with these, but I stay encouraged and reminded as I study BSF and God’s word. How wonderful it is to be in God’s word with christian sisters and brothers around the world!!! I know Mrs. Johnson would be overwhelmed with the growth of BSF as well as its influence in people’s lives and families. Great article Mrs. Bennett!!

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  72. I am now willing to be interrupted by God. When I wake up I think of feeding my chickens and cleaning my house before dashing off to work and only think of God when I am already driving and I am now fearing the traffic congestion ahead. Thanks for this reminder. I pray that I give God time for interaction above all else.

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  73. Just what I needed after receiving a scary diagnosis. Am I willing to be interrupted by God, trusting that He will expand my time and capacity to accomplish His plans?  

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  74. Well said!

    I also ask myself, am I willing? Interruptions from God should be taken positively.

    God bless you with your great writing.

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  75. Thank you Bennett! Your blog has been a blessing to me! Your well written words reminded me to put our Lord first! Sometimes I get caught up in achievement and the desire to pursue things and tasks, making myself the center of everything. May the Lord give me an obedient heart!

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  76. This is a very real experience in my life. Countless times God has messed up my day by day and moment by moment plans. When I resisted, I did not enjoy my day/moment, and in many cases, I did not achieve what I had set out to do. When I gradually learnt to accept His re-direction, albeit reluctantly, I experienced miracles and found joy in doing what God had re-directed me to do. I still resist but thank God I am on a learning trajectory

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  77. Thanks for this amazing word of truth. I am willing and ready for God’s interruption and plans to be accomplished in my life.

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  78. Thank you for this reflection on when God interrupts. My prayer to God is for discernment to recognize Godly interruptions and for the Holy Spirit to help me to respond to those interruptions in a way that glorify God and spreads His love

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  79. I am blessed by this message that challenges me to be willing to listen to God when He interrupts.

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  80. Loved this! Just what I needed.

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  81. My BSF study open my eyes every day. Especially the study of the book of Mathew, the lessons have made me become different and unique every day.
    I well know that on my knees, at the feet of Jesus, my righteousness which I received free when I believed Jesus as my Lord and Savior will be sustained.
    Amen.
    Jesus is willing to touch my concerns and heal me instantly.
    I will therefore not carry any burden but instead believe Him for anything.
    Amen

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  82. First of all I thank God for Bennett and the BSF team. As I was reading this article I kept feeling the drawing to write.i am a 78 yr. old retired Nursing Administrator and 6 months ago there was an ” interrupted ” in my husband and i’s life, I have struggled to some extent during these months, as I thought I heard The Lord say in Jan. 2020 that we would be ” supporting ” a young person, I realize now that I didn’t seek HIM for further instructions- but just today at 3pm we received a call from the Government girls home asking for a meeting to decide if we would take the young lady “17” on a permanent basis . After being so moved with Matthew 8 and Now Ch. 9, ” am I willing” you know what my answer has to be. Not any ” interruption ” but a ” Divine Interruption ” thank you for this powerful God inspired article. Please continue to pray for us.

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  83. Such a beautiful work, thank you for posting it! A BSF senior woman who also loves God’s word

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  84. Praise God for the interruptions! Well written and great research! THANK YOU.

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  85. Thanks

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  86. I get frustrated when I’m interrupted doing God’s work.

    Thank you for reminding me that it’s all in God’s plan.

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  87. First things first! Always putting God first!

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  88. Thanks for helping me to see my priorities are out of sync with God’s priorities. I’m back on the right teack.

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  89. Thank you! I needed this message. Just when I became a bit too busy to start on next week’s lesson.

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    • Thank you for this word. It encourages me; for I often say, “Life keeps getting in “my” way” when my plans for the day get diverted!

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  90. Thank you for this timely reminder, Bennett. Seeing God in every moment even interruptions shows how much He loves us. I’m loving the Matthew Study!

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  91. Praying that the Holyspirit will
    make me realise when God is interfering in my life and respond to His call.Thank you BSF for the encouragement in my Spittal life

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  92. In recent weeks I’ve had a flood of “interruptions.” And although I frequently complained, I did take care of them. I believe that when God gives us a task to perform it represents an implicit vow that we must perform (Matthew 25: 14-30). It is a sin for us to fail to perform (James 4:17). God will not view favorably our delay in paying our debt to Him (Ecclesiastes 5:4-5). I was neglecting another belief. It is an honor for God to consider us competent enough to perform His work. When we perform our assigned responsibilities, He will honor us as well (Matthew 25:23). This blog was a timely reminder for me to appreciate how much God is honoring me with these “interruptions.”

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  93. Father, I want o have you open my eyes that I may see the opportunities to walk in the crooked paths and the courage to step in that moment – into the “unexpected with you”!

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  94. Great job that you do. Blessings 💞 🙏

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    • Hello, I am Ruby, letting you know that I am already in roll with BSF. I am enjoying the book of Matt.Thank you. Love you.

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  95. Please ask each gathering to promote this wonderful adjunct to our weekly studies. Most in my group were unaware of it. Warren

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  96. I can SO relate to this! I had the same experience when Jesus told the centurion simply “I will go and heal him.” – I thought, wait – he doesn’t even know how far he’s going or how long this will take – his day will be totally shot!
    As one who worships my “to-do” list it hit me hard and your post totally resonates. Thank you!

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  97. Laird should be Lord

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  98. Thank you for reminding me to be open to Jesus breaking in to my schedule! Hopefully , I will hear, I will see , His Word to me, His presence, His joy— He is my eternal hope- Jesus Christ, My Savior and Lird

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  99. So timely and encouraging indeed , Bennett. I know we can squeeze more out of our hearts rather than closing the door, and truly be blessed in doing so. Help us surrender the costs and rewards to God who continues to love us still.

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  100. I am regularly of these awaken before my alarm clock rings with all the to do lists..
    Thanks Lord for this reminder. I am willing to grow, for your glory! Even if i already think sometimes i have a plan.. Thank you for your grace and your guidance! Because you are Lord! Amen

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  101. I truly enjoy my studies in Bsf I love learning more about Jesus

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    • BSF has been the pivotal part of my faith journey. I am so grateful to have wonderful women like Bennett to walk beside me on my journey. Thank you for your encouragement!

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  102. What a wonderful reminder to be available ready to response to the call of God and seize every opportunity to be willing to be interrupted in our busy schedule. I love BSF it keeps me focused on my relationship with God.

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  103. Thank you for the encouraging message

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  104. I love the way the Holy Spirit worked in Bennett’s life through these stories from Matthew 9. Jesus “Saw” the hearts of the Synagogue leader and the woman with the issue of blood. To ask myself am I willing to be interrupted to stop what I think is so important and do something for Him! Wow what a thought!

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  105. In a season of ultimate busyness, this blog was so refreshing to read! Thanks for the reminder that “a busy day can be one more opportunity for God to interrupt”. That really hits home and is encouraging!

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  106. Thanks for the guidance.

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  107. Thank you for sharing this blog. It is very helpful.

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  108. Thank you, Bennett.I needed to be reminded of God’s interruptions.🥰

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  109. Wonderful Blog, thank you for a thoughtful and inspiring commentary.

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  110. It was a very encouraging statement that she wrote. Yes sometimes we are selfishly to do our owns things without any interruptions, otherwise we are not happy with it. We don’t even think to have sometimes with God. Sadly to say that we are kind of ignorant as we knew what need to do in order we can draw and grow in our Spiritual life. Thank you. Is a very good reminder for all the brothers and sisters in Christ.

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  111. It’s not our place to “resist” the rise to power of the governing authorities as Bonhoffer did. Romans 13:1-2 makes that clear. David clearly acknowledged he could not try to kill Saul, as this would be sin. (I Sam. 24:6; 26:9-1.) Bonhoffer was clearly in violation of Scripture and repeated what he sowed.

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    • Jim, thank you for sharing. Interesting thought! I just finished studying 1 Sam. 24 & 26 in light of Matt. 5:38-40. I love how David exemplifies Jesus’ teaching to “turn the other cheek.”

      It’s definitely worth examining Bonhoeffer’s life and writings, even to explore whether his actions were in opposition to Paul’s teachings in Romans. Worth the dig!

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    • I have not read this particular book but have read other Bonhoeffer books. Was he planning to kill Hitler or was he standing for God and His Word.

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  112. Powerful blog. Knowing Jesus is able, I have been gratefully mesmerized by Jesus’ words, “I am willing.” Such mercy! Now I am convicted by the question, “Am I willing?”.

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  113. Thank you, Bennett. Oftentimes we can get so caught up in doing “our thing” that we miss the voice of God or even the move of God. After reading this I’ll be more sensitive to hear and see the “interruptions” of God throughout my day.

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  114. This really blessed my heart. I am recognizing some ways God has detoured me and I am encouraged to stay on the path he has laid before. Also I have seen how he has prepared me to be right where I am now. Thank you for helping me see the value in trusting him. Really enjoying this Matthew study.

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    • I have always loved when Abraham would answer God’s calls with, “Here I am Lord!”
      Yep! That’s who I want to be when God interrupts my busiest days. Sometimes I fear that I will selfishly hide & ignore His requests, thinking I can’t handle another thing to do. So…I’m going to pray that I will be The “Here I am” Girl who lays up her treasure by listening and obeying God’s calls & interruptions, no matter how crazy life gets.
      Lord, please help me to honor & glorify You with my time!
      Amen

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  115. Since the February before the Pandemic, lockdown , elder cancer care, cancer, death, funerals, another death, 35 year Anniversary much more if I did not feel that Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit were not holding me up I would be totally LOST!

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  116. Thank you!

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  117. Thank you for reminding me that I need to keep my focus on God’s plans for my life & surrender my life daily to Him.

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  118. Truly inspiring words.

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  119. Words well worth pondering. Thank you Bennett.

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  120. Thank YOu!!! 💕💕✝️💕💕
    I LOVED YOUR WORDS!!!!

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  121. Thank you Bennett! I want to “practice looking for God’s interruptions” every day 🙂

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