When things happen that seem beyond the “norm” and a little hard to believe, we often call it a coincidence. I’ve changed my opinion about that over the years. I think of them as divine appointments. Two such divine appointments happened today. Some friends were over this morning for our weekly prayer gathering and one of them shared something from a book she had been reading. It happened to be about praying for our leader’s counsel. As she was sharing, another friend had a strange look on her face. Then she told us that the very same thing (in scripture) had been in her devotional reading this morning. Coincidence? I don’t think so. I believe it was confirmation from God, a divine appointment, and we all treated it as such.
The second divine appointment came as my husband and I were in a neighborhood home improvement store. A store employee came to help us and asked about my husband’s injury (long story but he’s in a leg brace and using a walker as he recovers from a ruptured quadricep tendon and surgery). Anyway, this man said, “I will pray for you”. As we talked further, he shared that he asks God every day to bring someone into his life that he can witness to or help. Today, God brought us. So, he prayed right then and there in the store – to God’s glory. As we talked, we found out that he is very involved in a ministry to help veterans and homeless in our community. He’s also involved in a healing prayer ministry. So, we now know how to pray for him. Coincidence? I don’t think so. I believe it was a divine appointment from God.
There are many such divine appointments recorded in the Bible. Just a few are: Philip and the Ethiopian (Acts 8:26-40), Saul & Ananias (Acts 9:1-18), Esther (Esther 4-6), Joseph & Potiphar (Genesis 39 & 47).
I have decided to be consistent and faithful to pray for God’s leading every day and that He will open my eyes to see Him at work around me so that I can join Him. After all, I don’t want to miss any divine appointments He has planned for me. Do you?