Urgent or Important?

"There is a difference between the urgent and the important, the important is rarely important, and the important is rarely urgent." This is a paraphrase of a quote I have heard. The idea here is very true. I was contemplating this truth when I tried to think of a Biblical example.

In Mark 5:22-23, we find Jesus being approached by a man whose daughter was sick. The man asked Jesus to come and heal her because she was dying. Jesus immediately started on his way, but he was interrupted. In verses 25-34, we find him interrupted by a woman who had an issue of blood. She reached out to Jesus because she wanted to be healed. Christ stopped and gave her words of comfort. He knew that His time with her, was important. As he was speaking to her though, the man’s daughter had died.

We could read this passage and think that Jesus got distracted from His purpose and His distraction caused Him to fail to heal the man’s daughter. But that is not at all what happened here. In this passage we can see God’s miraculous timing. You see, we may not always see why and how our lives become interrupted, but many times the "interruptions" in life are simply God’s direction in disguise.

When Jesus came to the house, he was able to bring the young girl back to life. God’s power was demonstrated even more because of the supposed detour. If Jesus had stuck to His "schedule" He would have missed out on helping that woman and later, God could not have shown His power in the tremendous way that He did.

So what can we learn from this? We can learn that God’s will does not always mean sticking to a rigid schedule. It doesn’t always mean running after the most urgent thing, but realizing what in life is truly important. Our focus should not be how we have planned everything, but how God will direct us in every situation that comes our way.

I would like to challenge you, relax. Don’t be religious about sticking to a schedule. Allow for the Holy Spirit to direct where and how you minister to others. Sometimes things must be put off because God’s work is more important. When that happens, you will find that God has more than enough power to make sure everything works out right. Remember Lazarus?

"Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died . . . Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again." – John 11:21,23

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