I live for divine appointments. Holy Spirit coordinated encounters. Heaven-meets-earth kind of moments.
They’re anointed “snapshots” in life when you say, “Wow, did that just happen?” and are reminded that not only is God in control of everything, but He loves using us to reach others!
I first noticed them years ago when settling into my Tampa neighborhood Starbucks for devotions. Fellow coffee lovers seemed drawn into my study area, and before I knew it the Holy Spirit opened doors to speak God’s truth into their lives. At first it seemed bizarre! But as I continued to pursue Jesus – by reading my Bible to get to know Him better – I learned to discern His voice and respond to these opportunities by faith. Hundreds of divine appointments later – in coffee shops and department stores, on airplanes and hikes – I can testify to the exhilarating feeling of joy these opportunities offer!
What are these appointments? They’re more than random acts of kindness or doing good deeds. Each is centered around sharing the love of Jesus. The Holy Spirit may prompt you to speak an encouraging scripture to a co-worker, or be called on to defend God’s truths with a family member, or even pray with someone on the spot in a public place! There’s usually one common thread: you have to be bold and brave to testify of your faith in God.
I was recently encouraged by a friend’s divine appointment. While harvesting corn in South Dakota, he noticed a vehicle stalled on the side of the road and felt a prompting from the Holy Spirit. In his words: “You ever get those moments when God so clearly states your next move in life?” He decided to hop off his tractor, jump the fence and ask if the man needed help. The result? He spent a half hour sharing God’s love with Harry, an elderly Vietnam vet who didn’t think the Lord had anything good in store for him. My friend said, “You’re wrong, He absolutely does!” and while waiting for a tow service, he took his hands and prayed words of encouragement for him. How divine!
When you learn to live an ‘others-centered’ life you open yourself up for opportunities. The Holy Spirit will coordinate them, you just need to respond by taking a step of faith. As a believer, you were designed to live this way! Ephesians 2:10 reminds us: For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Sometimes, that good work may be pivotal to where someone spends eternity.
A year ago today I was led to my most impactful divine appointment while sitting at my local Idaho Starbucks. I met Jason, a young, charismatic guy who had turned from his Christian faith. God saddled me up next to him for what would become a months-long, daily assignment to remind him about God’s love and faithfulness. Tragically, just months later, he would pass away.*
Will you hop off your tractor or saddle up next to someone when the Holy Spirit leads you into a divine appointment this week? It may be in the lunchroom of your office, at a coffeehouse, in the grocery store, or across your neighbor’s fence. There are Jasons and Harrys in our lives every day. As my friend says, “When God tugs on your heart to do something, simply do it, be bold. Every life is valuable…”
*This blog is dedicated to Jason Gritten. Thanks for reaching for the boat of believers.