I really don't know if it gets better than this. Because this is what it looks like for a working mom, even a pastor, to sneak in a little Bible reading that isn't related to work or obligation, but is sincerely just for me. Time for me and God.
Throughout my day I am in the Bible, reading it for different kinds of visits, meetings, preparing my heart for this or that before I walk into different situations. Throughout my day I hear God's word on the radio as I drive. I see God's word as it pops up in different social media posts and on my online Daily Bible app.
But that is so different than taking 10 minutes to read God's word. To let God's word soak into my heart, my soul, my day.
Today I read about the man possessed by Legion- a many faceted demons. Isn't that just like a demon? To not only be two faced but many faced? I know a thing or two about feeling like I don't have time for God or overwhelmed by life, distracted by hard thing after hard thing. But Jesus is bigger than anything that tries to get in the way of our pursuit of him. All we need to do is ask.
This happens just before two of my favorite healings in all of Jesus' ministry. The healing of Jarius' daughter and the healing of the bleeding woman. I love that Jesus was willing to be interrupted.
Together, these two events, the demon named legion and the healings of the girl and woman, are juxtaposed in a way that reminds us how easily we allow to get distracted by the wrong things - stopping us from being with Jesus. Yet we completely miss the opportunity to offer healing to the hurting directly in front of us. Jesus removed the stumbling block for the demon possessed man and allowed himself to be interupted to offer healing to a suffering woman.
What good is God's word if we don't allow it to challenge us and change us? Today I am reminded to remove the stumbling blocks and take time for the holy interruptions.