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,