Sacred Spaces 306 – Inconvenience or “God-in-this”



Sacred Spaces 306 – Inconvenience or “God-in-this”

19 September 2011

Been looking at the parable of the Good Samaritan recently and these thoughts came to mind:

Luke 10: 29 – 37 The Parable of the Good Samaritan

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?”

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Firstly, do you see the needs of others? Are you noticing or are you living in your own “little bubble?”
Secondly, the Samaritan (like the Levite and Priest) was on his way somewhere. He had planned something else.
In his case “he was travelling.”

It is always easy to help others when it doesn’t “inconvenience us.”

We are often like this:

– When I have the money, then I can give.
– When I have the time, then I can listen or help.
– When I have the skills, then I can get involved.

But that sort of help is easy! And yes, we still need to follow those promptings.
But could it be that the “interruptions” that we have in our lives are the moments where we really need to help, get stuck and get involved?

The Samaritan was travelling. He wasn’t planning on helping.
But when the need arose, when his “schedule” was interrupted… he paused (what he was doing) and helped.

You may be off to do groceries and your neighbour stops you, they need help or a listening ear, are you available?
You may be off to class and a fellow student, needs some help, are you willing to forget about yourself and help them out?
You may be off home after work and a colleague approaches you for help, are you ready then to help?

Helping is easy when it suits us.
But could it be the moments of interruption that God really wants us to get involved in?

Maybe we could see “Inconvenience” as “God in this?”

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