Monday, 24 July 2017

Divine Appointments


We all experience delays, changes in plans, and surprising turn of events in our lives. How do you treat them? Do you see them as intrusions and frustrations or do you see them as an opportunity for a divine appointment?

It's possible that God is allowing this detour so that you can get on the right course, meet someone new or do something for Him that you wouldn't normally do. I have recently had a lot of personal detours in my life and schedule changes that my natural mind didn't appreciate. I've felt frustrated in the beginning, but have seen the hand of God clearly at work, as time goes on.
Paul in the Bible had some unexpected situations that turned into divine appointments. Look a his trip to Philippi in Acts 16. Paul went to Macedonia because of a vision he had from God (Read verses 9-10). He had no idea that he'd find himself in prison there. God works in mysterious ways. Even that trip to jail was God-ordained. God used Paul to bring salvation to a jailer and his family (Read verses 25-34) and to teach us many lessons about prayer and praise during trying times.

Psalm 37:24 (Amp) says,
"The steps of a [good and righteous] man are directed and established by the Lord,
And He delights in his way [and blesses his path]."

Your pathway is being divinely directed by God so expect the unexpected.
God can use the inconvenient situations in our lives if we choose to see them as divine appointments.
Last night, my husband and I had somewhere we needed to be by 7:30 and at 6:40, we decided to go to a quick dinner. We didn't have much time, but, we both really wanted to eat at a particular restaurant. When we arrived, there were no seats. The host told us that to be seated at a table, it would be a 30 minute wait, or, we were welcomed to sit at the bar. We chose the bar. Yes, sometimes even Bishops and Pastors sit at bars... hopefully for the right reasons. We walked around the bar looking for where to sit, but, unfortunately there were no empty seats. Then, we saw a free spot. As we approached it, another lady saw it at the same time. We asked her if she was sitting there and she said yes, but that she was eating alone. Since there were no other seats, she asked us to join her and share the table. We were pressed for time and out of options, so hesitantly agreed. As we sat together, we began a bit of small talk and in just a few minutes, we realized that this was a special appointment. It turned out that the lady we were sitting with had a PhD in Education, taught in a University that we have a sister university agreement with, was a Nurse Practitioner and had a trip planned to visit Nigeria! Imagine the coincidence!!! Well, I'd say it was no coincidence at all. I believe it was a divine appointment that was ordained by God.  We had an amazing dinner conversation with our new friend and made a connection that could prove to be a massive blessing to both of us and our respective communities in the future.

We could have missed our appointment if we had left the restaurant in frustration or if we had allowed the uncomfortable offer to share a dining table with a stranger to turn us away. 
How many divine appointments have you missed in life? We may never know the answer to this retrospective question, but, we have the power to change our future.
I challenge you to look at every adjustment or "set-back" as a set up from God.
Expect the unexpected!
This week will be an amazing week for you, if you choose to allow God to direct your steps and stop telling Him how it is supposed to be done.

The next time something annoys you because it isn't happening the way you planned, ask God what appointment or opportunity He has hidden for you inside the inconvenience.

Habakkuk 2:3 (NIV)
"For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay."

My prayer for you is that your week will be filled with Divine Appointments.



4 comments:

  1. Amen!!! I'll never miss another one or be upset about a detour ever again

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  2. I love it! And it's just what I needed to hear. Thank you❤️

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  3. Amen....this is an answer to so many questions I had.....God bless you

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  4. Thanks Reverend. I have learnt that STRANGERS are FRIENDS waiting to happen

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