I don’t believe anything is an accident – no situation, season, encounter or relationship. You see, I believe that God will bring the right people into your life. People that you need and people that need you.
God has some people on in your life that are there for a divine purpose. So often we get frustrated by some of the individuals that God has placed in our life. We can get frustrated by our boss … our spouse … our children … our family … our friend’s friends. But God has placed every relationship in your life for a reason.
There are divine appointments … God planned moments … all around us … we just need to open our eyes and hearts.
Wednesday night, after a long conference day, our team stopped by Wendy’s to grab a quick bite to eat … Wendy’s was not our first choice … but it was 10pm and Chick-Fil-A was closed … so Carlos and I went in to place a huge order. We waited a long time. While we were waiting … a very long time … did I say that? Here walks in Johnny. Johnny had his homemade prison tats … walked with a limp … old track lines up his arms … I simply asked him, “What do the tats mean?” Next thing you know – he tells us how long he has been out … how long he served … how he almost died … dead for 20 minutes.
You see, God placed us in that moment for one reason – a divine appointment to tell Johnnie “You have been preserved for a purpose” and that “God has something more for your life.” We didn’t want Wendy’s … we wanted Chick-Fil-A … but God directed us to a place we didn’t want to go to eat food we didn’t want to eat to remind Johnny that God loves him.
Philip. He was told by God to go South. The Bible says as he was walking he ran into the treasurer for Ethiopia – this eunuch was directly under the authority of the Queen – Kandake. It seemed coincidental. Philip and the treasurer were just sharing the same road. The treasurer was reading from the prophet Isaiah – out loud – as he was sitting in a carriage. Philip was heading south … he wanted Chick-Fil-A … and God said, “I directed you here to Wendy’s to reach this one person.”
The Holy Spirit tells Philip to approach the eunuch and then asks him, “Do you understand what you are reading?” This affluent, influential leader then says, “I can’t understand unless someone explains it to me.” Philip then explains the passage and offers him the Good News of The Gospel.
Scripture says, “As they rode along, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look! There’s some water! Why can’t I be baptized?” He ordered the carriage to stop, and they went down into the water, and Philip baptized him” (Acts 8:37-38).
Philip found himself in a place he did not plan to go … but simply did what the Holy Spirit asked him to do. I wonder how many times we see someone at the store … or in the cubicle next to us … or at our kids game … and we feel like we should say something, but we don’t.
How many times has God re-directed our steps, but we were too busy complaining about it … instead of realizing God had a purpose for it? How many missed opportunities will litter our lives because our schedules were too crowded for Jesus’ plan?
To have a divine appointment we must always be ready!!!