Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A Divine Appointment

Throughout the Bible there are examples of divine appointments. For instance, Luke’s account of Philip’s divinely guided encounter with the Ethiopian recorded in Acts 8. Maybe you have heard one of those fascinating mission-field stories of people coming out of the African bush asking missionaries to tell them about Jesus.

Well, God continues to divinely orchestrate meetings where one of His disciples crosses the path of another and great things happen. I just had one of those divine appointments this week. Here’s the story…

I had just dropped my two eldest sons off at the local “rec club” to play some basketball. On the way home I decided to stop at Walgreens and grab a cold iced tea. While waiting at the checkout counter, I overheard a man purchasing sandals at the amazingly low price of $1 per pair. I couldn’t resist, I had to take advantage of this great deal. So instead of leaving with my tea, I set it down on the counter and spent the next several minutes hunting for some $1 sandals.

After finding three pair of sandals (they weren’t all for me) I got back in line. While waiting, I noticed a woman who looked vaguely familiar to me. I asked her where we might know each other? She didn’t know. I told her my name. It didn’t register with her. Probably because I was looking a little different as I was dressed in my white v-neck t-shirt, jeans shorts, and flip flops. She then told me her name. It clicked; I play basketball every Sunday evening with her adult son.

I asked her how her son was doing? She proceeded to inform me that he was having a tough time because his father, her husband, was in hospice and struggling with late stage cancer. He only had a couple days remaining. My flesh wanted to simply say, “I’m so sorry” and then leave. But God had bigger plans.

I asked her if I could pray for her. She said yes. I asked if we could pray right here and right now. She said please. So, outside the front door of Walgreens, as people were coming and going, we sought the Lord and laid this burden at His feet. During the prayer she began to weep and tightly hold my hand. The Lord was ministering His love to her. He was reminding her of His love, mercy, and faithfulness. God was doing precious “heart work.”

This was a divine appointment. I had not planned on being at Walgreens. I should have left minutes earlier with my iced tea in hand. But God had a plan. He had an assignment for me. He wanted to pour out His love on one of His children. I was blessed to be His hands and feet.

I drove away from this divine appointment with my eyes filled with tears and my mouth filled with thanksgiving for being allowed to be part of such a tender and profound appointment. What a privilege. God is good.

I encourage you to ask the Lord for your divine appointment. And be ready, be obedient, and watch God work through you and in you.

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Eric Jones is the Lead Pastor of Evident Life Church: a spirit filled, Bible based, family integrated church in Gilbert, Arizona. Pastor Eric Jones is also the Director of the East Valley House of Prayer.

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