One of the great problems we all face in life is interruption—or being interrupted. Whether or not these interruptions occur while we are eating, or doing something equally important, for most of us an interruption is a source of annoyance. In Acts, Luke recounts an interesting tale.
One day, as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave-girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune telling. While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, “These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation.” She kept doing this for many days. But Paul, very much annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour (Acts 16:16-18).
What is amazing to me about this story is that Paul did something noble despite his outward motivation. Paul healed this young women—because she was annoying. During this Lenten season, could we find things that annoy us and turn them into works of mercy? Sometimes this is how the gospel works in real life.