I was at the post office and asked a man if he was a preacher. He said, “Yes. And how do you know?” It was at the prompting of the Spirit, but I told him… “I’ve been a minister for 23 years and just know.” He saw a copy of my book (Dancing In The Dungeon) and said in a serious tone… “We need to talk.” I asked where he lived to meet to which he replied, “In (A state west of the Mississippi River) and am leaving today. But give me your number because I really need to talk to you.” We exchanged numbers. I called him… and here’s what I found out.
His wife had left him taking a huge amount of cash with her. He had come to Alabama to obtain custody of his children. Because of serious surgery he had become addicted several years ago to pain medication (Free from it now). He has not served as pastor for a few years because his life got turned upside down. In other words, he had been beaten up by unexpected life events that were NOT his fault… and he was struggling.
I took some time to “comfort him with the comfort by which I had been comforted by God.” Afterward he mentioned he really needed to hear the things that were related to him. Now reflect with me…
Every day we are presented with Divine appointments sent by God. But too many times we miss them because we’re not looking and/or expecting them.
On a regular basis the Holy Spirit prods us gently to engage a person here or there. To make a comment or ask a question that leads to using us for His glory. But our schedules are too tight and we let them go on by (I know I have done that).
You never know when God will show up in your day to day life. He whispers to your Spirit to go somewhere or say something to someone for them to be blessed. God gently prompts you to do something unsolicited for someone so that they are given hope when they don’t expect it. Then know this: It is a wonderful thing to realize that the Almighty God of the universe used YOU to bless someone else. I’ve missed many of these opportunities, but I’m trying not to miss any more if I can help it. I pray that for you too…
As it is written in Hebrews 13:1-2, “Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”