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Handling interruptions

Hymn writer Frances Havergal.

Today's Devotional

Your servants are ready to do whatever our lord the king chooses. 2 Samuel 15:15 NIV.

I love to think that God appoints
  My portion day by day;
Events of life are in His hand,
  And I would only say,
Appoint them in Thine own good time,
  And in Thine own best way.

A. L. Waring.

If we are really, and always, and equally ready to do whatsoever the King appoints, all the trials and vexations arising from any change in His appointments, great or small, simply do not exist. If He appoints me to work there, shall I lament that I am not to work here? If he appoints me to wait indoors today, am I to be annoyed because I am not to work out-of-doors? If I meant to write His messages this morning, shall I grumble because He sends interrupting visitors, rich or poor, to whom I am to speak them, or “show kindness” for His sake, or at least obey His command, “Be courteous?” If all my members are really at His disposal, why should I be put out if to-day’s appointment is some simple work for my hands or errands for my feet, instead of some seemingly more important doing of head or tongue?

About the author and the source

In Daily Strengh for Daily Needs, one of several devotional books she compiled, Mary Wilder Tileston (19th century) included this meditation by Frances Havergal (1836–1879), an English hymnwriter.

Mary Wilder Tileston. Daily Strength for Daily Needs. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1892.

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