What is a divine appointment? Well…. I had TWO of them today. The stories follow!
One was due to a broken garage door and the other for a poorly functioning Water filtration system. Yes… It was OUT AND AWAY from any pulpit or public speaking engagement. (I love the everyday opportunities as much as speaking opportunities folks!)
Divine: Proceeding directly from God (Webster)
Appointment: An arrangement for a meeting (Webster)
So! A divine appointment is a meeting arranged by God! A divine appointment is a meeting with another person that has been specifically and unmistakably ordered by God.
You get to love someone who may feel like the world has forgotten them. You get to share laughter, or tears, or you may just learn that they have so much more to teach you than you ever dreamed possible.
I think God whispers into the everyday moments and byways of our lives and invites us to participate in His Kingdom’s work. So, He sets up divine appointments for us. We of course, make the decision, or miss the opportunity to participate in the bigger picture of his plan.
These appointments do however come with some cost to us. They may cost us time; they may cost getting out of our comfort zone; they may cost us financially.
Divine appointments are not like a “candy dispenser” – always giving us what we want. Sometimes, they cost us more at the moment than what we might want to pay. But God assures us that these appointments do have lasting eternal measure! Whether or not they bring instant pleasure, or eternal rewards, they are always worth the cost.
Josh, the young man who came to fix the water system today, was intelligent, integral and very professional. He also looked like he was hurting or searching for something to help answer his heart questions. Gently… I told him how thankful I was for his excellent work and that my friend Pam would be so happy to know that her water systems were now filtering her water properly. (I’m visiting her in another state right now!)
Here stood this tall young man, probably in his mid-30s who was so friendly and talkative and very knowledgeable. I asked him if he would allow me to pray for him. I said I wanted to bless him back for his wonderful service and help to me. Cautiously… but very openly he said, “Yes please!”
I didn’t start shouting the house down and attempting to posture in big religious words. I just talked to the Father about Joshua. It got very quiet… and I could tell that the presence of God was moving within his heart.
I then spoke some words to Joshua about his life and the leadership qualities that radiated from him. I asked him to please stop running from God, because the LORD is absolutely for him, and holds nothing of his past against him. This young handsome hard-working, tall, gorgeously black skinned young man, looked me right in the eyes and said, “Thank you very, very much.”
He just stood there for a few moments thinking about it all.
I told him that I was a mother and that he was loved and that I believed God had sent me to Arizona just to meet him. I reached up to this tall young man and gave him a big hug and a couple of pats on the back! He chuckled and hugged me back very gently. He hung around and talked a little bit more and pointed things out about water systems and bottled water and just seemed lighthearted and happy to be around someone who appreciated him. It was absolutely a divine appointment!
Shortly after Josh left, the doorbell rang and it was the garage door repairman whom I had made an appointment with to fix my friend’s garage door, which broke about two weeks ago. She’s not had time to have someone come and fix it so I said, “Let me help while I’m here!” As the man worked in the garage, I prayed and asked the LORD, “Mind if I go for round two today?”
When he was finished and I had paid him, we walked out of the garage so he could write a receipt for me in his truck. We began to talk about life in Arizona and he began to talk about his wife who has terrible and excruciating arthritis. He said that she never sleeps and then disturbs his sleep, because she’s in so much pain.
Gently…. I asked him if he would allow me to pray for him as a way to thank him for his excellent work. Very quietly he said that it would be wonderful! And so I did! As I began to pray for his strength and for his wife, asking the LORD to come and touch her body and help them to have the best medical care figure out what is causing such pain, tears began to roll down his face. (If you met him you would know he’s not the kind of man to cry easily.)
I blessed him and thanked the LORD for this man who works so very hard even in his older years. I asked the LORD to open doors for more jobs for him to continue to bless his wonderful skills and great integrity.
When I was done he stood there quietly. There was a presence of hope, a holy moment, as if the world had stop spinning because he felt the presence and the love of God. His words to me were, “Wow! That was really something. You just don’t experience something like that very often if ever! I can’t tell you how much this means to me.”
I smiled and told him that this is what I do! It’s my service to people, simply because they are to be loved and appreciated and that God wants them to know he sees them and he hears them.
I’m so thankful for a broken garage door and sluggish water filter systems that not only helped employ two good men today, but for the thrill of coming to see my dearest friend and to spend time with her and be a conduit to not only help her, but a conduit of the love of God to two men who, behind the scenes, do good work and needed to know that God is well pleased with them.
What is the divine appointment that is standing right in front of you today or tonight? It could be at the gas pump, the grocery store, in an airport or even on the subway.
Don’t be afraid to reach out to people! They are hungry for a genuine touch from God without pressure or shame. Plant a seed…. Someone else will water it, and harvest will surely come.
~ Mary Lindow ©
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|Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others in all generations and careers or vocations to live and express excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She is a sought after keynote inspirational and humorous speaker and teacher throughout the United States internationally in Ministers conferences, International Spiritual leaders Conferences, and in National and International training seminars for various organizations.|