Divine Appointments with Strangers
I’m very tuned in to people. To their emotions and their motivations. Sometimes it drives me to the brink of insanity.
Several years ago (I can’t believe how long ago, nor will I tell here!) and for a limited time, I was also very tuned in to spiritual revelations. I don’t know why, don’t know how, but for some reason I would be sitting in the Lord’s service and I would clearly hear that someone would be called in to service in some very specific way.
Most of those revelations were downright laughable. Never gonna happen, Lord. Never.
And yet they did. Every time.
During this same season, the Spirit kept impressing upon me to speak truth to individuals that I didn’t really know. Not really even acquaintances. And sometimes the truth that needed to be spoke was very specific and very personal.
I was very uncomfortable with several of the things I did during this time. And yet the people I reached out to weren’t truly (yet, at least) friends or family. So, if the message the Lord had for them fell on deaf ears, it wouldn’t hurt me.
Very few of those situations didn’t work out. Ok, really only one didn’t work out, and that depends on your perspective.
I always wondered why God would send an ‘outsider’ to speak words of healing to Christian people. Why wouldn’t He just use the Christian people already circled around the wounded Christian to do the work? What could someone with no insight, no background information, and no past relationship have to offer someone who had been a Christian way longer than the outsider had?
This morning I listened to a sermon with the following scripture reference:
Sometimes when everyone knows who you are, where you came from, what you did last weekend, how many times you flush your toilet on average each weekday, it’s hard for them to listen to what you have to say.
And it goes the other direction too. When everyone knows you are related to the very people they are having conflict with, you work with the people they go to church with, you belong to civic organizations with their family, it’s hard for them to talk to you and be honest.
Sometimes it takes an outsider to minister to us. An unbiased, uninvolved, impartial person of God to offer Godly counsel without imposing their own motivations into a solution.
How did I come to this revelation all of the sudden? Years after wondering?
Because today I voiced a prayer for a divine appointment. A different prayer than I usually pray for divine appointments. Usually I pray that God will prepare divine appointments for me each day, and that I will recognize them and be His witness.
Today I prayed that He would send someone to be my divine appointment instead of sending me to someone else. A stranger. Someone to give me Godly counsel that is not invested in the situations I’m needing to deal with nor linked to anyone involved.
If you’re reading this and have felt like you’re supposed to talk to someone you don’t really know about something you don’t understand or don’t feel comfortable with, let me encourage you today. Please do. It may not always be the most comfortable thing to do, it may not always work out to be a positive experience, but it may just be that someone is praying for God to send you to talk to them. And before it’s all said and done, you may just have made a new friend in Christ!
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