The mere mention of the word can bring us to spastic or relief.
If we are on a roll-a good one- we see interruptions as a bane… momentum breakers.
If we are on a roll-a negative one- we see them as a blessing…a way to catch our breath.
I had what I will call a BLESSED INTERRUPTION this week.
It threw me out of my routine…big time.
It threw me for a loop time-wise.
It threw me for a loop (but not really all that much) financially.
It threw me for a loop blog-wise. It is, in fact, why I am late getting this post…well, posted.
BUT IT WAS WORTH IT.
For over almost 40 years
I we have defied odds. We met in college when he drove onto campus the second semester in long hair, facial hair (we were allowed neither) and an AMC Javelin. He was a transfer from another college, one more progressive than this one. He cut his hair. He shaved his face. He drove his Javelin. And he became my friend. We cruised in different circles while in college (except for the basketball team), but when we graduated and I became his dad’s Associate Pastor in the same town he began as a Youth Pastor, our friendship blossomed. Time has aged our bodies, but it has honed our friendship. We still meet for lunch at Pizza Hut 4-5 times a year (it is 2:15 away from me); spend a couple of hours together mostly laughing, but also talking ministry; and keep our friendship alive. I have been there for him when his father died unexpectedly and when his son was tragically killed in an accident on Super Bowl Sunday in 2006.
We have defied the odds because we have been best male friends for almost 40 years. I love him like a brother and tell him. I don’t think that compromises my ManCard.
This past Monday he celebrated his 61st birthday and on December 23rd had preached his last sermon as a full-time pastor. Doug is retiring. Vicki had a surprise party for him Tuesday night. I was invited and took Jo with me. It was a blessed interruption. I could tell you stories that would have you laughing in spite of yourself. We still laugh at the stuff we did and also wonder “how in the world?” I had a chance to celebrate the life of a friend…interruption and all. Now you know why I was unable to stay current with my previous post. I apologize for that.
Do you have a friend you could go to and know he/she will be there? Do you have one you can count on? If so, don’t let them go. And in return, be a friend.
And in a totally unrelated matter, and to bring some redemption to this post, this song has been ringing in my heart. Enjoy.