“The struggle of today, is not altogether for today — it is for a vast future also. With a reliance on Providence, all the more firm and earnest, let us proceed in the great task which events have devolved upon us.”
Abraham Lincoln – December 3, 1861
So, I decided to grab some coffee this morning before heading to work. As I walk into the place I notice a man in his twenties reading the Gospel of Luke (he was right in Chapter 1, so it was in nice bold print that even these old eyes can see). I grab my coffee and headed out. I normally don’t talk to people randomly. Something made me ask. “So, personal bible study or sermon prep?”
He initially looked a little startled. And then we chatted. He’s a young athletic trainer who is also mentoring some kids through his church. We talked about humility, Divine Mercy, the ways that pride sneaks up on you, the amazing strange ways that God works in, through and around our lives.
I then said how I never stop at this particular coffee shop in the morning. He said he’s never come to this place either to do his bible study. We just looked at each other and knew that it was He who arranged the appointment. We each chuckled a little about it but marveled at God’s timing. He’s considering the pastorate and I’m thinking about mentoring young believers and strengthening the maturing. So I get to offer some encouragement to a young heart thirsting for God’s direction. He gets to see God’s timing and realize that the call is to a work that God is already doing. And honestly, I get to as well.
So, yet another divine appointment for me. God pre-arranging meeting with fellow believers so we are each able to see God’s perfect timing. Chance encounter? Nah, not at all. That’s my GOD and Savior at work: “both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”
Soli Deo Gloria