Divine Appointments

Sunday was a pretty interesting day for me. I had a great time teaching my “Foundations of the Faith” class, but I noticed right when we started that Amy got a page from the children’s department and had to leave for most of the class. After the class was done she told me that Micah simply did not want to go to Children’s Church for some reason, which is very unusual for him. Normally, Micah loves going to Children’s Church and playing with his friends, but for some reason this day he was not interested at all.
I decided a long time ago that if there was an issue with the kids on a Sunday Morning that I would take care of it and make sure that Amy was able to attend the service. So, we found someone for her to sit with and I preceded to take Micah with me and setup for a couple of other meetings that I had that afternoon.

Around 12:00pm I decided to take Micah and head back to the sanctuary and hope that he would stay quiet for the last part of the sermon. As I made my way down the hall I noticed a man walking in front of me, who I’d never seen before. He stopped and talked to one of our members, who after looking around for a bit saw me and told him that I was the person he was looking for. The man approached me, told me that he was from the community and that he really needed to talk to a pastor, so I told him that as long as he didn’t mind sharing my office with a 2 year old, I’d be happy to talk. We ended up having a great conversation about the Lord and I hope to hear from him again soon.

As I’ve reflected on the experience God has impressed a couple of lessons on my heart. The first is the importance of being available. I definitely wasn’t expecting this kind of an encounter as I walked around with my 2 year old, but I was available for this man and that made a big impression on him. The second lesson I learned was that God is more than able to take hard things or even frustrating things in life and use them for His glory. To be honest, I was a little irritated that for some reason my son did not want to go to Children’s Church and that I was being forced to miss the service, but if it hadn’t been for Micah I wouldn’t have been walking down the hall at the exact moment when this man needed to talk to a pastor. Proverbs tells us that the King’s heart is in the hand of the Lord and He directs it where He pleases, I guess that applies to my 2 year old as well.
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October 15 2008 04:14 am | Devotional

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