“Divine appointment”. That’s what they called it.
God, it seems – and as Morpheus might put it “is not without a sense of irony”, had penciled me in for Thursday while I was out penciling in people for Monday. I didn’t know it, though, until the appointment had been kept. A serendipity, some might have called it. “Divine appointment” has the right ring to it. I will accept that.
First of three tales: I was preparing for Monday’s divine appointment by taking a few spare minutes last Thursday, since I was in the area on other business, to introduce myself to a few strangers I saw roaming the streets of the central part of town. I met a nice man down by the bus stop out front of the Ave Q Walmart, and we took the opportunity to pray. Anyone passing by could plainly see us – what we were doing. We were not seeking attention for out prayers, but when you “meet people where they are at” … well … the street corner is where Other Agent J lives.
It was an amazing time of prayer. Other Agent J seemed thrilled by it. I felt thrilled by it. And then I got back in my car and started to drive away, but as I got another a block down the street I met William and Lucio walking along the sidewalk and rolled down my window to hand them a business card.
I did not know these men before, or so I thought. But actually, in a moment of talking Lucio and I recognized each other from previous back alley worship services in years gone by! As we were reconnecting, William, who just introduced himself for the first time, asked for a ride to a job interview up by the Flying J. I said, “hop in!”
We talked along the way, William and Lucio asked if I was praying for their friend Other Agent J; they had seen us praying there as they walked by. Of course I had, and so when we arrived at the destination, this gave way to prayer for William’s job interview. We did that, and then, of course, the obligatory observation that this was a “divine appointment”.
Now, how can you argue with that??? Stop to share a word with a homeless man on the side of the road, and wind up giving him a lift TO HIS JOB INTERVIEW!!!
Can I get an AMEN? Anyone???
I did not stick around to find out if he got the job, but I trust God with it all the same.