“Fearing God….[is] that deep sense of reverence where we truly desire to look for the hand of God in everything.” ~Lysa TerKeurst in The Best Yes
These words remind me that there are divine appointments in every day, whether I wait for a slow cashier when I’m in a hurry to get through the checkout line or one of my children has to miss school because she’s sick or I see my neighbor waving at me from her front porch.
On our way home from visiting family over the Christmas break, we made a stop for gas and to get everyone a blizzard at Dairy Queen. As the girls and I waited to place our order in a rather slow line, an older gentlemen came up and started talking to us. I discovered that he previously lived in the same part of Virginia where my parents grew up, so we had a nice conversation until it was finally my turn to order.
When I turned back around after paying, he had gone to the convenience-store side of the shop. I knew I had a tract with the plan of salvation in my purse, and I felt impressed to give it to him. He was getting ready to leave the store, so I quickly told him how I’d enjoyed talking with him and shared briefly about the tract. He was kind and took it, then went on his way.
In my mind, that was a divine appointment. Meeting a man with his exact history at that location and at that particular time was, I believe, arranged by God. I have no idea if he read that tract – or even exactly what his spiritual condition was – but I pray that I fulfilled the assignment God had for me that day.
Not every story leaves that kind of impression, but we never know how we can minister to someone just by being alert to opportunities to say an encouraging word or share our faith or just take the time to listen when someone needs to talk. As an evangelist said in our church service last night, we need to constantly be “soul-conscious.”
Also, as a mom, I want to look for the chance to point out God’s hand at work to our children, to grab hold of any teachable moments, so they can learn to look for their own divine appointments.
Whatever God brings across my path today, may I look for His hand in it. If it’s a trial, I know that He is in control and can give me the strength to persevere. If circumstances lead me to someone who’s hurting, He can give me the words to comfort them. He is always present and at work, if I will have my heart in tune with His so that I don’t miss what God might have for me in the moment.