A Supernaturally Scheduled Day

“Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.”

Genesis 28:16

I met a couple the other day at the gas station. Their car was blocking the right hand lane of traffic in a busy shopping center making it difficult for people to get around. It was over 100 degrees outside and they were just pacing around the car which let me know they weren’t just parked there. I made my way over to where they were and asked if I could help and they said, thank you but no as the axle on their vehicle was broken and they were stuck right where they were until a tow truck arrived. As we spoke we both became aware we were speaking with someone who knew and loved the Lord. We laughed because we were both quoting scripture conversely without saying to one another, “and the Bible says.” Quickly our conversation went from polite pleasantries to a full on discussion about the hand of God and His loving care.

This couple was sitting out in the hot sun, never complaining but rather praising Jesus that their vehicle had not broken down while driving on the freeway. They went on to explain that I wasn’t the first person who had stopped to check on them and they were overjoyed how God was bringing person after person to them since they couldn’t go anywhere themselves. They saw this so called interruption in their day as just part of God’s amazing plan as we kept reminding one another that there was no such thing as a coincidence with the Lord. Everything is part of a grander plan.

We have all heard of divine appointments, you know those encounters we have with people that let us know that what just occurred wasn’t by happenstance but was in fact God ordained. These moments leave us all more appreciative, more aware of Gods presence in our lives and just as important, His personal involvement. Divine appointments have a way of transforming us, changing the way we view other people, the world around us, ourselves and God. Maybe the most comforting is the awareness that we are not alone.

We don’t have to settle for “divine appointments” as if they were an event like seeing Halley’s Comet pass by every 100 years or so. God’s desire is that we live each day as if it was super naturally scheduled because it is. That is to say, God’s desire for our lives is that we come to understand the words of the psalmist who declared, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way” (Psalm 37:4).

Every person, every situation you encounter today is an opportunity to experience God. Look to Him, look for Him for He is leading and guiding. We don’t have to go it alone. There is a reason the Christian life is called a “walk” and not a “run”. Walk with God today, enjoy His presence knowing like king David in Psalm 139, at the end of the day you will be so glad you did…

“You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.”

Psalm 139:5-10


Michael Osthimer





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