September 25, 2012

Divine Appointments: God in Our Midst

Have you had a divine appointment?  An appointment when you know that you know God ordained that moment in time for you to see His Hand at work in your life?

Today I share one of my favorite divine appointments.  Although it happened three years ago, it continues to encourage me when God feels far away or uninvolved in my life.  Of course, He never is far away or uninvolved.  It just feels that way at times.  That is when we need to REMEMBER.  Remember the times He showed up big in our lives to minister to us or to use us to minister to another.

Every Memorial Day weekend my roommate from college and I, together with our families, travel to Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina for five days of rest and relaxation.  We just cannot wait to dig our toes in the sand, take long walks on the beach, and enjoy the island’s incredible sunsets. Every trip was special, but this trip stood above all others.

As was our routine, upon arrival, Karen and I ran to the local grocery.  Feeding nine people for five days resulted in two carts overflowing with food and supplies.  We approached the checkout lines looking, as all women do, for the shortest line.  We chose a line with an older woman without a cart.  She motioned for us to go ahead of her.  Moments later, a young woman scurried up pushing a crying child in a half-full cart.  It was clear the older woman had been waiting on her.  Now she was frustrated because they would have  to wait on us, so we offered back her place in line.

As the young woman and her child passed by, my heart began to pound.  I physically began to tremble, the Holy Spirit moving in me in a powerful way.  God impressed upon me that we were to buy her groceries.  I hesitated because they did not look poor, and I did not want to offend them.  But past experience caused me to obey the Holy Spirit’s prompting.

I tapped the young woman on the shoulder and spoke these words, “I know it sounds strange, but God told me that we are to buy your groceries.”  The words were God given.  I knew I was to speak those exact words.

She graciously accepted with tears in her eyes.  She and the older woman left.

A few minutes later, the older woman returned to share an incredible story.  The young woman was her daughter.  Her name was Micah.  Micah’s husband had walked out on her and her son a few months before.  He had abused her for years.  She could barely make ends meet and felt completely abandoned by everyone, especially God.

Days before this God-ordained meeting in Food Lion, Micah and her mother had prayed.  Her mother prayed that God would draw Micah back into relationship with Him.

Micah prayed, “God, if you are real, if you love me, show Yourself to me!”

As her mother shared these words, we listened amazed at what God had done.  Micah, in the midst of her deepest sorrow and pain had cried out to God for His Presence.   Karen and I simply walked in the store that day to perform an ordinary task.   Our paths collided that day in the grocery store to reveal to each of us God is active, involved, and OH SO REAL!!!!

Yes, it was a great day for Micah.  But it was also a red letter day for Karen and me.  God used our obedience to minister to His precious child.  He supernaturally intervened in her life so that Micah KNEW He was real and had not abandoned her.  She knew that day that He is a faithful God who not only hears our prayers but also answers them in mighty ways.

A divine appointment…a day I will treasure forever.

Do you have a “divine appointment” story?  We would LOVE to hear your stories.  Please take a few minutes and share your divine appointment.  I believe with all my heart God will lead someone to this blog post who needs to know that God is active and involved in her life, that He is not far away, and cares deeply about her and wants to respond to the doubt in her heart.  Will you encourage her today?

Sweet Blessings to you,

Comments

  1. KAY PARRISH says:

    THANK YOU FOR SHARING FOR SUCH A WONDERFUL MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE. I HAD A SIMILIAR EXPERIENCE IN KFC A FEW YEARS AGO. I WAS TALKING TO A SEVOR HOW HIS DAY WAS . HE TOLD ME HOW HIS CAR HAD BROKE DOWN AND HE HAD A YOUNG SON. I SHARED WITH MY HUSBAND AND WE GAVE HIM SOME MONEY. HE THANKED ME AND I TOLD HIM NOT TO THANK ME BUT GOD BECAUSE IT WAS GOD THAT TOLD ME TO SHARE WITH HIM. I HAVEN’T SEEN HIM SINCE BUT I KNOW IT WAS GOD ACTING THRU US. HAVE A BLESSED DAY KAY

    • Kay, I love that you told him to thank God because it was God who told you to share with him. That is what the Lord wants…for us to point people to Him and not ourselves.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  2. I was on the receiving end of a divine appointment story. To make a long story short after being separated from my husband for a little over a year, my bills were stacking up along with my laundry lists of prayers, one which involved allowing my kids to go back to their private Christian schools to keep some sort of normalcy in their life. There was no way I was going to be able to pay the balance I had racked up the year before or the tuition it was going to cost for that year without a scholarship I couldn’t apply for because of the past due balance. Well God put it on the heart of a family to not only take care of the past due balance, but that current school year and my children were able to go back to their schools they love so much. It was nothing but the grace of God that not only put it on their hearts, but allowed them to be in a position to be so incredibly generous. God is so faithful to those who are obedient….. both the givers and the receivers’ (Please agree with me in prayer that special family is contionously blessed)

    • Abba, thank You for this lovely family that blessed Caroline to such great measures! Lord, they brought their full offering into Your storehouse! Please, in Jesus’ Name, open the floodgates from heaven on this family! Bless them to the point where they cannot contain all Your blessings. And for sweet Caroline… she reminds me of the 10th leper who came back to say “Thank You!” Bless her and let her faith make her well… completed… full… of YOU! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

      What an incredible story! I love your beautiful heart Caroline! xoxo

    • Caroline, what a beautiful story of God’s provision. He knew the cry of your mother’s heart and answered in such a personal way. Thank you for sharing your story with us. And I do join you in praying for God to bless this family in mighty ways so that they are able to continue to bless others and point them to God and His faithfulness to provide for His children in need!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  3. I have struggled the past year with the devastating illness of Lyme Disease. This disease makes one sicker than anyone can imagine or a person can describe. As I have been on this journey and been in the healing process, I have asked God on numerous occasions how I can help others who are also sick. I was out of work for 10 months. I went back to work in August at a new position. The lady who I share an office with (who I did not know) was acting very sickly. I prayed for her and asked God if I should talk with her about her health. I did not want to overstep my boundaries with her and talk about something that was private. However, God kept telling me to talk with her. I ended up talking with her and she has now found out that she has Lyme Disease as well. She considers me her angel, as she has been sick for more than 25 years. This has also led to some very meaningful, deep conversations about faith and God. I continually pray that I will be able to help people…and each day it seems like somehow I am able to meet somebody to share with about health and/or God.

    • Your story is such a lesson for us all, Annalisa…to look for God in the midst of our trial and ask Him how He can use it in your life to help others. Your story is such a testimony to your faith. And God was faithful to answer your prayers and allow you to comfort another in her sickness as you were comforted by God in yours. Your story is a living example of 2 Corinthians 1.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  4. My divine appointment happened with our precious sponsored child in Guatemala. I went to visit our sweet Yezmi and hoped to reconnect with a previously sponsored child (Herson) that had left the program a year or so before my visit. To my surprise Compassion International located Herson and included him in my child visit day, though technically we were no longer sponsoring him.

    As we were sitting at lunch and I learned more about his family and Herson’s story, his mom shared a prayer that he had prayed ONE MONTH before my visit. Remember, he had no idea I was coming to see him in Guatemala. I had not corresponded with him since he stopped attending the program. His prayer was, “Lord, please let me meet my sponsor”. Herson’s faith floored me. God’s love for Herson was so great that he worked out all of the details to answer the sweet prayer of a child.

    The best part of this…through conversation with the case worker and Compassion staff, Herson was placed back into the program and we were allowed to sponsor him. Again!

    • What amazing faith for a small child, and God reached down to him and mightily answered it by bringing him face to face with you. I can only imagine how God will use this boy one day to teach others about faith. And how sweet of the Lord to answer your prayer in an Ephesians 3:20 way…not only were you reunited, but you are able to sponsor him again.

      Love, love your story!!

      Wendy

  5. Chargaile Askew says:

    Wendy, this was beautiful. When I read the part about you physically trembling because the Holy Spirit was moving in such a powerful way, I literally had goose bumps on my body. Sounds like my spirit was in tune to your spirit.

    We come away from events like this changed for life. It ends up being more of a blessing to the giver than to the receiver.

    My God ordained divine appointment was this past Saturday when my daughter met her biological father for the first time. There is no way humanly possible that 9 people could be brought together on a given day with so much calm and happy fellowship in what happens to be a very “unlikely” situation. That my sister was truly a divine appointment for me. Just being able to witness 47 years of waiting brought to fruitation.

    I can never praise God enough for what He accomplished that day.

    • And if we only had eyes to see… that divine appointment was prayed over consistently by YOU! What a great lesson for me! xoxo

    • Having prayed for this moment in time with you…seeing the actual pictures of the reunion…I stand amazed at God!!! You, sweet friend, persevered in prayer. You believed God for what you asked. And He was faithful to answer your prayer in a mighty, mighty way. Thank you for sharing it with these women.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  6. Wow, Wendy I love that story…it’s always so encouraging to hear ones like this. Complete evidence of God at work…truly builds my faith. As does reading the other stories that have been shared.

    I have a few stories I could share, but the one God has been reminding me of lately took place 13 years ago this Friday. I was a middle school teacher who had a religion but no relationship. From the outside I looked happy, but internally I was drowning in a pit of depression.

    I came home after coaching a junior high volleyball game and was consumed with thoughts of being a failure, never being enough and like I really didn’t serve a purpose. I felt like I wanted to die and in my mind I had a plan that would make that desire a reality.

    I was always one to journal, so I pulled out a notebook and started to write what would be my final entry. As I did a note fell out, a card from one of my former student’s moms – Her words shook me and reminded me of the desire I’d always had to set a good example and then my fear of failure kicked in and I was afraid I’d mess up my attempt at the unthinkable and have to face all the people I’d tried to leave behind. So rather than picking up my car keys, I grabbed the phone and called for help rather than going on a ride that would end it all.

    At the time I wasn’t a committed follower of Christ, but as I look back I truly believe this was a divine appointment. This card was one I’d received exactly a week earlier and I’d wrote in my journal about holding onto it to remind myself what I did mattered. In the weeks that followed God used the words this Mom shared to help draw me to Himself as she had share a bit about her faith. Eventually He used this whole experience to help me die…it just didn’t look the way I expected. I needed to die…to myself. I’m so thankful I did.

    This story and yours remind me of our need to obey…this Mom had no idea how God would use her thank you note and you didn’t know how God would use you paying for someone’s groceries, but the ripple effects of our acts of obedience are beyond our comprehension. Oh if we’d only remember that every appointment has the potential to be a divine one.

    Thank you Wendy for sharing this story and encouraging us to share our own. I truly believe God is going to use it all!!

    • Jill, your story is a reminder to us all to make that call, write that note, and/or speak that word of encouragement when we are prompted because we have no idea when or how God will use it. What we are guaranteed is that when we respond in obedience, He will bless and use it because He promises that BLESSINGS FOLLOW OBEDIENCE. You kept that note for all those years…amazing!!!

      Thank you for sharing this story with us.

      Blessings to you,

      Wendy

  7. Susan White says:

    Good afternoon. I do believe God make divine appointments for us. In
    fact I believe He has filled my book so many times. Which to
    share????? I make mission trips to Mexico often and I mostly serve as
    the cook for our groups. There is a compound that we stay at that has a
    kitchen where I do my thing. This is 5 hours over the border deep in
    the Baja. Most days after breakfast everyone but me heads off for the
    days work while I stay there and prepare lunch and dinner for them. It
    is so peaceful and I sing praise and cook away till the hungry tired
    workers return. The compound is completely surrounded by a concrete
    block wall and a heavy rolling door that is kept closed unless we are
    exiting the compound. One morning I had finished cooking and was
    cleaning up. I had time to shower and get dressed for the evening’s
    worship at the community church. I had no transportation and was the
    only person there although there were homes around me. As I st basking
    in the warm sun, I noticed a bag of trash that needed to be deposited
    in the cans outside the bug rolling doors. I rolled the door back and
    stand there at the smelly trash cans was a man. A skinny man and in his
    hands pieces of the pancakes that had been unfinished and tossed. He
    looked at me and I looked at him. Neither of us knew what to do at
    first but a look of fear settled in his eyes. Fear can do strange
    things to us humans and I will have to admit I was a little scared too.
    Let’s face it very very of us actually ever see another human eating
    our thrown out trash. I knew very quickly that the leaders of our group
    would have said safe thing to do would have been to turn around ,go
    back into the compound and roll the door closed but I felt God not just
    telling me what to do but answering a prayer I have prayed many
    times…”Let me see others as you see them Lord” In less than 3 seconds
    I took the food from his hands which didn’t help the scared guy because
    i am sure he figured I was going to chase him away but I motioned for
    him to follow me in the compound and take a seat at one of the outside
    picnic tables,. My Spanish is so limited but he understood. While he
    sat down I brought out 4 fresh pancakes with syrup, 3 peanut butter
    sandwiches, a bowl of cereal and some milk. Each time i set some food
    down I pointed to the sky and said Jesus. He nodded and proceeded to
    eat it all. When he was finished he said gracious and went on his way.
    I know that I took a chance by inviting this man into the compound. He
    could have done great harm to me and no one would have know for hours.
    But I truly believe that God answered my prayers.I don’t necessarily
    think it was a test but an answered prayer. We ask for opportunities
    to serve and to be Jesus but too often don’t recognize when those
    possible ways of serving are right in front of us . I think God made an
    appointment for me that day with a man that couldn’t speak my language
    nor could I speak his but I could speak God’s language of love. Much
    like the love He spoke to me …on the cross. I had an appointment and
    I kept the appointment. Thank you Father for answered prayers .

    • Susan, I am so thankful you popped over and posted your story. It is such a precious example to us that even when we might be afraid in our physical body, if we sense in our spirit to move forward, that we should follow the leading of the Spirit. God will be faithful!!! I absolutely love this story!!!!

      When we pray for opportunities, we must keep our eyes open so that we can see them, and then we must listen to what we hear.

      Thank you!

      Wendy

  8. Oh my heaven. Thank you for this incredible, life-changing post Wendy! And to all you girlfriends- your stories have my heart on fire! I could have replied to each one with a LONG post. God is good… all the time!!!

    A month ago I was in a bad part of town getting some clothes altered. I noticed a young James Dean looking kid in front of the liquor store. He seemed to be homeless. I asked God if He was wanting me to talk to him. I told God if he was still there when I was finished, I would. He was there. When I asked if he was okay, he replied, “Yeah, are you?” Once he realized I wanted to talk… not just a quick hello… but a sit-down-on-the-curb-talk because I really cared about him, I learned about his very difficult years of addiction and being dishonorably discharged from the Army. He was on his way hitchhiking to Ohio. I asked how he was handling things spiritually. He interrupted me and said, “People don’t do this, you know. People don’t really care this much about others.” I asked if I could pray for him. I prayed God would be with him every step… I prayed for him to feel Jesus’ presence by faith… I prayed that if he hadn’t already, that he would be open to letting Jesus be his Savior and friend.

    When I was leaving Drew, he asked me, “Are you an angel?” As I got into my van to drive away, he blew a kiss and waved. I continued to watch from my rear view mirror and he kept looking… as if I really were an angel… and maybe I would just vanish.

    Drew will forever be in my heart. Please join me in praying this handsome young man into heaven. Please pray for a renewed life with a new heart on fire for Jesus. Whether he’s in Ohio or California… please pray that God captures him like never before!

    Thank you sisters! I love you Wendy!

    • Noelle, you did exactly what Jesus calls us to do…love others. Loving others is the very best way to share the love of Jesus!! I just love his words, “People don’t do this you know.” What a sad statement of our world today. I am praying for the Lord to continue to bring “angels” across Drew’s path to draw Him closer and closer to God, to love him to the point that he will hunger for what they have and surrender his life to Jesus!!

      Love you and your beautiful servant’s heart,

      Wendy

    • Charlotte Askew says:

      Noelle, this has so blessed my heart this morning. You blessed this young man and most important you opened his eyes and heart to realize that; yes, people do still care for one another. Altho it might be more rare these days. It saddens me too that people fail to tell others that they care.

      This young man’s life could possibly be changed forever for the good. Just imagine feeling alone, unloved, viewed as being just an inanimate object. Then a woman with the face and smile of an angel, approaches you and speaks to you with kind, caring words, a woman who reflects God’s love for His children. That my sweet friend, very well could be the deciding factor that gave Drew hope where before there was no hope.

      Noelle, you answered God’s calling on your life that day. I love you and I am so proud of you and I thank God for you every single day.

  9. I had a devine appointment at work today when I received a suprise of 4.5% increase in my salary, things had been so bad that I had just cancelled some debit orders. I thank and praise God for this unexpected increase. And this week I had just pledged R100 in a Thanksgivathon that is being run by our local Christain Community Radio station, RainbowFM 90.7, and before I had even paid the pledge into the bank account God came through for me. He is so faithful!

  10. I have divine appointments all the time.

    Recently about a couple of weeks ago I was laying in bed crying. My mom died unexpectedly in 2010 an then my baby ( my little Maltese doggy) I’m on disability for a lung disease so I can’t do too crazy exercise things and I cannot afford much at all just bare essentials and even now they shut the gas off, cut my food stamps off because the house is in foreclosure and I can’t show a payment…so, I’m sitting there crying and praying kinda feeling helpless, and a little sorry for myself. God I trust you but I cannot clean this yard by myself there is no way. Please help I don’t know what to do.

    All of a sudden there’s a knock on the door. I’m thinking who is that? It’s the lady who lives behind me who I don’t know, only that her tree falls in the pool and I can’t clean it lol. so as I’m crying and she introduces herself and tells me she wants to have this side of the fence power washed and there are weeds as tall as the fence. I apologize, and tell her I can’t clean it by myself I’m trying, she volunteers her landscaper and she is footing the bill! The landscaper came today and is outside right now. Today’s my moms Birthday too.

    The lady who lives behind me, her name is Kathy and she told me she was diagnosed with a brain tumor .I have been praying for her she said she will be starting radiation soon. I would love for you to pray to for her. I want to send her a nice Jesus gift basket to thank her. I offered my help and asked her if she needed anything, I could help… I offered before I knew that she was going to help me. she said she has a lot of support.

    The landscaper says that she is a lesbian…
    Would appreciate everyone’s prayers for her

    Love you Wendy,

  11. He who has ears let him hear…

    It’s so incredible to me how God continually speaks to us. He longs to connect with Hos children, playing an active role in our lives. I loved reading how God spoke to each of you, it’s so inspiring!! Off the top of my head I seriously can’t think of a divine appointment to share with y’all. I have been on the receiving end so many times and I have heard God speak a specific message to me, but I can’t think of a similar experience to what y’all are talking about.

    Wendy, thank you for sharing this moment in time with us, this precious moment where God called you to do something specific and special for someone else which had a direct impact on their faith.

    <3 Heather

  12. Wendy,

    That’s so exciting! Good job for listening and obeying God too, even when feeling awkward. How wonderful and tender of our God too that he let you hear the end story of the mom’s prayer.

    Have a wonderful afternoon,
    Jennifer Dougan
    http://www.jenniferdougan.com

  13. Wendy,

    I love this!!! My divine appointment was with a friend who lived three doors down and I went to church with her. God had been prompting me for like three days to give my friend a call because I hadn’t seen her at church or drive by in the last couple of days.

    As I was leaving town that day, I picked up the phone and gave Beth a call to see how things were. She had gone to Illinois to pick up her grandmother up and bring her back to KC to stay a while with her because her grandmother had fallen and broken her ankle. A day after getting her grandmother settled in, Beth too fell and had broken her ankle. (And not only had Beth broken her ankle, but her husband had lost his job a few months prior.)

    So I preceeded to ask Beth, how I could help. The only thing Beth asked for was a bag of dog food! And I could do a bag of dog food very easily. So I ran to the store and picked up a bag of dog food along with a couple of make and bake pizza’s as I knew Beth was a vegetarian and me, not so much!

    And I know without a shadow of a doubt it was God and His prompting that led to the phone call, the dog food, and the pizza! Love how God uses us to bless others with the not so big things and the not so small things.

    Thanks for the reminder that it always about our obedience to Him!
    Love ya,
    Donna B

  14. Ruth Reed says:

    I am a RN in a hospital, so I am constantly praying for God’s direction and trying to listen. I had worked a long night shift one Sat nite and was rushing to get home and get ready for church. I ha d taken a patient downstairs for a procedure and then realized I did not take the correct paper work. I dashed back to get the papers and as I was getting on the elevator a tech was pushing a man from our floor onto elevator, going down for a quick procedure. My heart quickened as I met the patient’s eyes. But, I brushed it away, I felt like they were in a rush and so was I. As we got off the elevator I felt that quickening again, but I just rushed on to my destination. All day that man’s eyeswere before me. I determined that when I went back to work I would go by and visit him. Monday night when I returned to work people were rushing in and out of a room. Suddenly, I realized that that patient from the elevator was in that room. He had died suddenly. I was assigned to sit with the family and attend to their needs. To have that task is usually an honor for me, but this time it was a hollow sad time. I know I was supposed to pray with that man.
    Now I am know to stop patients and or families in waiting rooms, halls wherever, and ask to pray with them. Co-workers come to get me when there is a need for prayer. Every time I pray or if I get the feeling I need to pray I remember the eyes of that man. I know that was a missed divine appointment, but I also Thank God for the opportunities that I have to minister and the drive he has put in me to slow down and look at the eyes of patients and family members.
    That occurred almost 10 years ago, but I don’ t want to ever forget it.

  15. Someone had a god appointment with me. This happened 9 or 10 yrs ago. I was in a slump raising 4 boys. I don’t remember the circumstances but felt down for a few days. One morning after I dropped the boys off at school, something told me to travel to target instead of walmart which was further away and had only been there once or twice. I was in the ckeck out line tending to my toddler who had enough in the store. A nice women began to talk with us. As i finished checking out and was walking out the door, some of my groceries fell off the cart. This same women came up from behind and helped me pick up my things. It was at this moment that I realized the gift of generosity and how it is “free”. At that very moment, I felt God’s grace and my spirits were lifted. There is nothing like the hand of God touching you and knowing him at a moment in time.

    • What a wonderful story of God’s faithfulness and provision. Thank you for sharing your God appointment with us.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  16. Edna Adam says:

    Hi wow I am blessed reading all these Divine App. I have written my autobiography . And it is called Divine App. God Has anointed the book and using it to change many lives . I have just had my sixth printing. Total of about 3000 copies. I give most of them away by divine App that God sets up almost daily. Have had awesome book reviews. The book is also now available on ebook Amazon and barns and nobles for free. Check it out you will be glad you did. Also if you would like a free copy I would be happy to send you a copy free of charge. This is my ministry. I also spent 11years in India as a missionary . Also worked with YWAM for 13 years. Would love to share my story with you thanks
    God bless each one of you. Looking forward to hearing from you. Love and prayers Edna Adam

    • Thanks for sharing your book with us! Praying God continues to take your message and use it to bless and encourage women everywhere!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

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