By Yay Padua-Olmedo
What would tend to disrupt your day?
The dictionary says something is “disruptive” if it creates disorder or confusion.
It does not refer to mere interruption―which just breaks the continuity or uniformity of a process. Disruption connotes a sense of struggle, violence or conflict.
In earthquake terms,” interruption” might mean a mere magnitude “2” on the Richter Scale; with “disruption” measuring “7” or above.
Remember the 2011 magnitude 9 earthquake which, with a tsunami, wiped out the homes of more than 300,000 in Japan?
Typhoon Yolanda was as disruptive when it levelled communities and claimed 6,340 lives in the Visayas―just as Pinoys were getting ready for Christmas 2013.
Disruptive innovation by highly competitive companies makes old technologies obsolete, resulting in the closure of their rivals’ plants and their workers (especially those who have not learned new skills) without jobs.
It will take time for our kababayans from the Visayas to rebuild their lives. They did not only lose their houses and livelihoods but their loved ones as well.
You might know someone who lost a job recently because the company he worked for closed; and he cannot now find a job―no skills to match new vacancies.
What has disrupted your life recently? Interruptions and disruptions are a fact of life, as surely as the sun rises, and the tide ebbs and flows. Nothing is permanent.
Because we live in world marred by sin―man’s greed, selfishness, mismanagement of resources and the environment―we will constantly be stressing and fighting to get through some days.
You thought you had your business figured out but surprisingly found yourself in bankrupt alley.
Or your life is just great: money in the bank, wonderful family; but your doctor just told you a jaw-dropper―the big C’s got you!
One executive reached the very top of the corporate ladder; but deep down, he knew he got stuck in the basement. His wife left him, and his teenage daughter will soon give birth―father unknown.
Take heart. Jesus is a specialist at turning disruptions around. He experienced it foremost: Son of God, yet His glorious heavenly reign was put on hold for a while. But what a win for mankind―we’ve been reconciled with God.
In our brokenness, weakness or struggle to fend off life’s constant tsunamis, His is the Name that we can call and depend on.
Jesus knew disruptions spelled the difference between life and death, or superb and mediocre. They gave Him room to act, on someone’s behalf.
He was on the way to lay hands on Jairus’ sick girl (Mark 5), then was stopped by a woman who had bled for 12 years. She was healed as she touched the hem of His cloak. Because of that delay, the little girl died. But guess what―an even bigger miracle: Jesus made her alive again!
Romans 8: “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (v 28)
He continues to intercede for us (v 34)― because He conquered death and sin and all the plans of the enemy to destroy us; then went back to His exalted position at the right hand of the Father, with His eye and His grace trained on those who would believe and place their trust in Him.
With Jesus, nothing is impossible. Hey, even the storms obey Him!