I truly believe in divine appointments in both perspectives: a meeting that seems “by chance” for us to minister to someone else or someone else ministering to us. Within that “chance meeting” we or the other party receive some information they have asked God for.
The importance of listening to God and being obedient to what He is saying is not always for us – but often times for other people. Would you want to miss the blessing for someone else that God wants to use YOU for? I think not. 🙂
Before I traveled to Florida, I felt God pressing on my heart to begin a fast.Not anything of an exceptional nature like zero food for 25 days… but what I was not sure of. What I was supposed to be praying for during that fast was unclear. A few days before leaving I received a phone call from someone stating they had a dream and in the dream they were standing with the refrigerator door open. I was standing to the right of the open door. They asked me if I wanted my “normal” for breakfast. I responded no and proceeded to tell them what I desired instead. This dream was confirmation for me on what food I was to give up.
He still did not specify for how long or what the fast was for. There was a situation I knew of that I sort of assumed it was for – and I would do it out of obedience for God but was lost as far it’s total purpose. The day of departure to Florida, I felt the Holy Spirit press on me today was the day to begin the fast. Yesterday morning, two days into vacation, I woke up for a planned trip to Clearwater Beach in Florida. The morning was a normal morning with the exception of waking up at 5am on vacation [haha] but I felt a tug to ask God for favor. There was no motive behind it. Just obedience to what was on my heart.
We arrived an hour later than we had planned but we still received favor with a front row parking spot – right on the beach. We walked an entire 4 feet to hit the sand! I was so grateful because with a 3-year-old I was not looking forward to the long walk with all the crap you have to bring to the beach. (You know what I am referring to, lol.) In that moment, I thought to myself – great! I listened to the pull on my heart and He gave me favor. Simple but I’ll take it, ha. We walked to our place in the sand and set up shop. Kait of course wanted to go check out this “ocean” for the first time that Dory was lost in. (Yes, we have recently watched “Finding Dory”. We were there early enough to sit in shade from the shadow cast on the sand from the lifeguard’s lookout tower. Also there, was a middle-aged man by himself, laying on his side on a blanket in the sand.
My mother was the first to strike up conversation with him. He had two medical grade knee braces on and was doing core work continuously on his blanket. We shared about our families and discussed our vacation. He shared with us he was a veteran of the US Army – as a paratrooper. Through conversation, but without directly saying anything, it was obvious he was suffering from marital tension and physical pain. (Meanwhile, throughout conversation he paid for an umbrella on the beach for all of us to use since Kait was overheating.)
By the end of our conversation, we asked if we could pray for him and he accepted with open arms. I expected to have to walk to him and prompt it; however, when we said we were leaving, he stood up (wobbly knees and all) and reached out his hands for prayer. I’ve never seen a grown man so vulnerable.
This divine appointment was something not only for Mr. T, but for me. While it was obvious God stirred his faith that day and blessed him with a full healing, it reinstated a spark in me to see God work through me to touch others. This is an appointment that I am always going to be grateful for. It all happen at Pier 60 in Clearwater, Florida at Clearwater Beach.