Divine Appointments

Divine Appointments

Derek Prince wrote a biographical tribute to his wife entitled Appointment in Jerusalem. Not only did he chronicle Lydia’s early years as a missionary in Palestine starting in the late 1920s, he shared her testimony detailing the events God engineered that led to her divine appointment. God had ambitious plans for her!

As usual, He started small.

King David had spent years honing his skills with a slingshot before he faced Goliath. Moses learned how to manage sheep and goats in the desert before God called him to manage His people in land just as hostile. The Apostles followed Jesus around for three years, which still didn’t fully prepare them to spread the Gospel to the known world. The Holy Spirit Himself perfected their training. With Lydia Prince, God’s plans included the appointment with an orphaned baby girl, teaching Lydia how to be a single mom. Over the next fifty years, she became known as “Mother” to dozens of orphans, both Arab and Jewish. She adopted eight girls, and after she married, the couple adopted one more.

If we have committed our lives to Christ, if we have known salvation, then we can be sure God has divine appointments for us as well. We probably won’t become kings or queens of nations. Most of us won’t manage major corporations. Few are called to be itinerant preachers traveling all over the globe, and God doesn’t lead many to a ministry of multiple adoptions. However, He does give all Christians small tasks. He sets up seemingly minor appointments.

But who knows?

While David was slinging pebbles at wolves, did he picture himself in a palace? After Moses ran for his life, did he ever dream he’d return and lead an entire nation out of Egypt? As the disciples hid and cowered in fear that the Roman authorities would crucify them as well as Jesus, did they believe they would crisscross the empire proclaiming the good news of salvation? Lydia didn’t expect much either. She was just obedient to nurse a dying child back to health. God took it from there.

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My appointments for today include posting this article, visiting the post office, praying with a prayer group, and attending an American Sign Language class. Who knows what God will do with my obedience?

Is someone reading this blog post who needs a reminder that he or she is as precious in God’s eyes as David and Moses?

Will I bump into someone at the post office who needs an encouraging word? May I be quick to offer those words!

Even before I reached my prayer meeting today, the Lord laid a burden on my heart for one individual, so I did my best to pray earnestly and drive at the same time! Then the group added their prayers to mine once I arrived. Did we save a life, prevent a heartache? I may never know why the prayer was needed.

With a deaf sibling, I need to become fluent in sign language. I’ve been years late for that appointment! But God is gracious to remind me of what I’ve learned in the past. My vocabulary is growing at a fast pace! What will God do with this new knowledge? I’m eager to find out. Maybe it will always be for family use. Then again, maybe He will send me into the Deaf community.

What tasks lie before you today? Tomorrow? Next week? These are your divine appointments. Just think of all those possibilities!

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About Linda Sammaritan

For years, Linda Sammaritan tried to be perfect wife, perfect mother, perfect teacher and crammed so many activities into her days that twenty-four hours couldn’t possibly hold them all – perfectly. She now lives by the motto, “relentlessly eliminate hurry.” Newly retired, Linda keeps the freezer packed with homemade take-out meals for her full- time working husband when she travels to visit children, grandchildren, siblings, and Mom. Read more about her faith and writings at www.lindasammaritan.com.

Comments

  1. Yes, amen and thank you for this timely word today!

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  2. You’re welcome!

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  3. Yes, exactly! Thank you so much for this inspiration today. This message is an important one in this rushed, “we need it now” world. We most often start small and God starts us small for a reason.

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  4. I guess a related analogy could be that parents start with tiny tidbits of solid food as their babies grow. Little ones would choke on a full-sized mouthful!

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  5. Wow, what a great word of encouragement Linda. We need to pour our faith and energy into the little things – this really spoke to me. Thank you!

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  6. I love it when God gives me words that encourage!

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