Don’t you just love those moments when you know that God has destined you to have a divine moment with a complete stranger? I am becoming more and more attuned to those moments and seeing that there indeed is an unseen realm that is full of activity and that under the direction of a loving and sovereign God these “divine interruptions” are taking place all around us. God is a loving Father pursuing His children and He uses us to speak to them through a kind word or a kind deed. But will we lay aside our agendas to pick up His at any given moment or will we be too busy to even see those heavenly opportunities when they present themselves?
Philip had a “divine interruption” (Acts 8:26-40) and because of that Christianity was taken to Ethiopia. Paul had a “divine interruption” on the road to Damascus with the Lord Jesus himself (Acts 9) and because of that we have him to thank for over half of the New Testament books. One of my favorite “divine interruptions” was when a Samaritan woman (who was loathed by the Jews) came to a well to draw water and left after an encounter with Jesus Christ as the first woman evangelist in scripture! (Read John 4:28-39).
As I sit here reflecting on the conversation I just had with a precious young single mom I realize that God pursued me in much the same fashion. He used others to point me towards Him even when I didn’t even realize it. He revealed himself through a kind woman in a small craft store that on a whim I had stopped in at almost 22 years ago who invited me to her church. Little did she know that at that moment I felt anything but worthy to enter into the doors of a church! But somehow her eyes told me otherwise. They were filled with an unexplainable joy and I detected no judgment in her voice. As if God knew my hesitation because of my previous church experiences he even had the pastor walk through the door of this little shop and many other members as they were there to celebrate her grand opening of her quaint little shop. Was this luck or was this the answer to the recent cry of my heart to know that there truly was a God and that somehow my insignificant and very messed up life mattered to Him. I soon realized that He cared for me enough to put me in this place at this moment to receive an invitation to get to know Him more and to show Himself to me through the love of those in that little shop that day. That was the beginning of my coming home!
The question is; are you looking for those “divine interruptions” in your life today? Are you planning on taking a trip to the grocery store, a PTA meeting, the post office, or just a trip to your local Starbucks for some private time? Are you willing to lay down your agenda when God places a new assignment in your lap?
Truth is, I was probably more blessed by our conversation than she was. I continue to learn more and more about the heart of God towards His own. I had the opportunity to pray with her and her son who just moved into the area. I prayed for the Lord to lead them to a church where He would be represented well and where they would find a church home for their precious little family and provide financially for them until she is able to obtain a job. And more than anything I prayed that the Lord would reveal Himself to her in a tangible way to show her His love and care for her. Would you take a moment and pray for this precious young woman and her son as well?
I trust that this was no accident or a case of luck but a case of being placed at the right place at the right time for a heavenly ordained encounter and being open to the “divine interruptions” of God in my day. I’m sure that I miss many of these but as so thankful that today was different.
Sigh… I love these moments when God writes our names in other people’s stories. To Him be the glory both now and forevermore!