Aug 27, 2011

Divine appointments...

Hubby and I try to discern what we call "Divine appointments" in our ordinary, daily lives.  A Divine appointment is a situation you can find yourself in that turns out to be something meaningful in a way you weren't anticipating or an unplanned encounter with someone that leads to a discussion of a spiritual nature.  It is "Divine" because we believe it is a God-ordained opportunity to encourage or help someone, often sharing our knowledge of Him.  In other words, God had it planned ahead of time and even though we may not be aware of it until it happens, (or maybe never realize it) we try to be prepared and sensitive to what He might be asking of us at any given moment.  I have a friend who travels by air frequently and she actually prays before each trip, asking God to give her an opportunity to be a blessing to the stranger who would be sitting beside her.  She has shared many stories of these Divine appointments and encourages others to look for them as well.

 I don't know if the encounter I had yesterday was one or not.  I was with my mom at the grocery store and I had my sweet littlest granddaughter with me.  (If I must say so) she is so beautiful that whenever I take her in public, she never fails to draw attention and strangers stop all the time to fuss over her.

As we were leaving the store, it happened again.  This time it was a man about my age, and just looking at my granddaughter must have given him a flashback or something.  This stranger began telling me that some years ago when he was 45 and his wife was 40, they found out they had their first baby on the way.  He proceeded to tell me how they had always been "pro-choice" and that he told his wife it was up to her what they were going to do about it.  After a few days of thinking about it, his wife announced she would continue the pregnancy and they would become parents.  He wasn't in favor of it and never really wanted kids.  

While following me out to my car, he continued his story.  His son is now 18 years old and the joy of his life.  While it wasn't always easy raising him, especially through the teenage years, this man realizes he has a dimension to his life he would not otherwise know.  I said, "well I am so glad you made the choice that you did."  He said, "I'm trying to figure out how I got from where I was to where I am now".  He said he was still "pro-choice" but couldn't imagine his life without his son.  Then he explained how his wife was one of five children and she was the only one without kids of her own, and what a "God-send" this baby ended up being for his mother-in-law, who died happy, knowing that all her five children had children of their own.

All I could come up with was "well I think you just answered your own question: it was a GOD-send!" Though it didn't seem appropriate to get into a heavy pro-choice/pro-life debate, I wish I could have thought of something more profound to say.  Whether he thinks about it anymore is up to him and God.  As I finished loading the groceries, mom and baby into the car, I gave him a wave of the hand and said "thanks for sharing your story, and best wishes to you."

Have you had any Divine appointments lately?  Do you ever look for them?

"Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil." Ephesians 5:15~16


Judy said...

Such a beautiful story. And beautiful granddaughter too!
Don't you just LOVE it when it is so apparent that God is ordering our steps? He always is, but I'm sooo thrilled when I realize it!

Anonymous said...

It's something I'm trying to do in another sort of way. I call it practicing God's presence. I am trying to teach myself to look for God in every aspect of my life.

Maria said...

Hi Jacquelyn!
What a great appointment you had and it was wonderful that you were there, and your adorable granddaughter, to guide this soul to understanding. I really think your words were just right and that God must have prepared this gentleman's heart to hear them.
God bless you!

Rebecca said...

1. I like your new header!
2. The baby is beautiful (as are all your grands.
3. Yes, I had a Divine appointment--just yesterday. I was able to use it as an illustration in the S.S. class I taught this morning! (Funny you should mention it.)
4. Good to see a blog post from you, you busy lady!

Jess said...

I LOVE Divine appointments! Nothing tops the feeling of doing Kingdom work that our Father has planned out. In fact, we train the volunteers at the Pregnancy Care Center to trust GOD for divine appointments daily. The clients that come in on any particular shift are divine appointments for sure.

Indeed, I think you gave the gentleman in the store enough clarity and space to further reflect on the great blessing of his son. PTL!

Hope you are feeling better friend, and can sleep well tonight.