By Pastor Ron Aulbach, BridgeWay Community Church
The hardest task is to stay focused on the task at hand. I bet you have at least one unfinished project around the house. A junk drawer to sort through. It takes discipline to not be distracted by a call, email, or text message to finish the task at hand. That’s why we need reminders and that’s where this little phrase “Mind the Gap” comes from. It originated in London above train doors warning passengers to watch out while stepping over the gap between the train door and the station platform. The phrase has been used in a movie title, band name, and even on t-shirts. I believe those three words can help you stay not only on task, but also more aware of God’s activity around you.
Jesus seemed to go about his day with a mindful ambition to see the “gap” that others were experiencing and then do something about it. There is a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years. Jesus felt her touch the edge of his robe and instantly she was healed. Jesus didn’t get upset or annoyed, he took time to heal her. Another time, there is a crowd of hungry people. Rather than sending them away, Jesus provides lunch with a few fish and loaves. On another occasion, the disciples ask for direction in how to pray. Jesus doesn’t give them a lecture or sermon; instead he provides them with a simple framework, the Lord’s Prayer. One of the most famous of all parables Jesus taught was the story of the Good Samaritan. A man on a journey is robed, beaten, and left for dead. The priest won’t help him, neither will the Levite. It’s the Samaritan, a person despised by the listeners of the story, who not only rolls up his sleeves, but uses his financial resources to help the injured person. It seems that for Jesus, his task was all about helping others get their tasks done.
I’m sure you have lots of things to do and unreasonable demands placed upon you everyday. It’s a struggle to get it all done on time before the next “to do” comes your way. But what if we saw the day as not just getting stuff done but an opportunity to see the world as an endless opportunity to “Mind the Gap” for others. Maybe you have a neighbor that could use a little help, or a co-worker struggling with a project. Someone might need you to just slowdown and listen. Trust that when you serve and care for others, your tasks will still get done.