Philip was instructed by God to go to a certain
place at a certain time, and when he arrived, there just "happened" to
be an Ethiopian official on that same road, an Ethiopian with lots of
questions about Scripture.
A chance meeting?
Hardly. Truly a divine appointment, for in the end, this Ethiopian went on his way home a changed man, for thanks to Philip, he understood, believed and was baptised (see Acts 8:26-40).
But that was the early church. We don't see those kind of random things happening today.
Or do we?
I had just finished my oncology visit and was back in radiology to pick up CDs of some radiographic studies when I met them. The woman was pushing her husband, who we will call "Charley," in a wheelchair, and Charley was waiting for x-rays. We exchanged pleasantries, and then I went to the counter to pick up my exams.
"I'm sorry," said the technician behind the counter. "Your x-ray study from today isn't up on the system yet."
My smile became a bit strained.
"Maybe if you can wait a few more moments, it will come up," she stated hopefully.
I shrugged. Though I was in a bit of a rush to get home, better to wait a few more minutes than have to return!
As I returned to the waiting room, I again noticed Charlie and his wife. I sat down across from them, and despite my innate shyness, we struck up a conversation. I soon learned that Charley had been in Oncology all day, receiving radiation therapy for lung cancer. Due to other health concerns that had arisen, however, he was now in the midst of tests. His wife was nearly beside herself with worry, and God gave me a few words of encouragement for her.
It wasn't long before Charlie had finished his x-rays, and the couple were preparing to leave. Tell them you'll pray for him! whispered a voice inside my mind, and I found my mouth forming those words: "I'll be praying for Charley!"
The woman looked surprised but relieved at the same time. "Thank you!" she said with conviction.
The moment they left the room, the x-ray technician returned with my CD, and I immediately knew why my x-ray study hadn’t been ready. This was no random meeting. It was a divine appointment.
But then, there are no random meetings, are there? Everything is under God's control. He knows exactly how to connect us with what we need at just the right moment, and His timing is always impeccable.
I would like to challenge each of you today to do two things:
1. Be on the lookout for God’s divine appointments in your life. The moment you feel discouraged or have any other need, and someone or something comes along that brings you hope, recognize God's hand on your life and give Him the praise.
2. Be ever ready to be God's hands and feet on Earth, should we find ourselves in the "giving" end of a divine appointment.
Let's remember: "My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Phil 4:19, NKJV)
Oh, and would you all join me in praying for "Charlie" as well?
In His love,
Lyn Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author -- "Aboard God's Train -- A Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer", Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet newsletter, and Scriptural Nuggets, a website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, with Answers2Prayer Ministries. Follow Lyn on Twitter @lynchaffart.