“Don’t disturb me now!” How often have we used that phrase? Looking back, whenever we’ve muttered, “Don’t disturb me now,” hasn’t it usually been said to a child? The years inevitably go by and eventually you wish that your child would disturb you now.
Occasionally, we might say it to a spouse. Then the years go by and you realize how much you’d give if only your spouse was there to disturb you now. Or any time. Sometimes a customer walks into your store just as you’re getting ready to close up for the day. You may not say it, but you’re thinking, “Don’t disturb me now!” It’s good to remember those early days when you prayed for a customer to walk through the door.
It can happen that one is overtaken by an urgent call of nature at an inconvenient time, say, in the middle of an important meeting. It would be perfectly normal to silently beseech one’s body, “Don’t disturb me now!” A better response is to take care of bathroom business and then thank God for one’s body and its multiple complex orifices all of which open and close at the appropriate times. Being able to relieve oneself regularly is a big blessing.
Blessings of all kinds come but we often miss them because they don’t necessarily come on our schedule. “Don’t disturb me now” is just one way of banishing blessing. Being so inwardly focused is another way of remaining oblivious to a blessing in the shape of an opportunity. A business professional seeking to hire an associate can sometimes have such an overly defined candidate in mind that he ignores someone who’d be a spectacular employee. A single man assuring all his married friends about how eager he is to find a spouse but with such a fixed picture in mind of the woman he imagines marrying that he all but eliminates the possibility of blessing finding him.