Devotion: Divine Appointments

I had just completed a small group study with 20 men where we were discussing the Disciple-Making mentality. My closing prayer for these men was that they would be given eyes to see the one person in front of them who needs the good news of God. Feeling pretty pumped up, I went to my car figuring my God-teaching time was done for the day.

I debated where to go.

I decided to go home.

I decided to stop and get gas.

I finally got home.

I parked my car visibly in the driveway.

I decided to cook two eggs.

I broke one egg,

So I started frying the egg.

And hard boiled two more.

The doorbell rang.

My new Ring doorbell failed to alert me to who this stranger was at my door.

I wondered if I should pretend not to be home.

I went to the door.

It was a dear neighbor and close friend.

We chatted on the steps.

I felt a prompting to invite him in.

We chatted some more.

I realized I had an extra egg.

I offered it to him.

We chatted some more about the good stuff and not so good stuff of life.

We chuckled.

We pondered what God wants from us.

We hugged.

He left.

I prayed for him, his family, and his life.

We were disciples in that moment.

I’m not sure what he received, but I received a Holy Moment; a Divine Appointment. God’s blessing through a series of unrelated, coincidental, and mundane steps.

It really is that simple. It is that profound. It is that glorious. We make ourselves available to each other and to God. All we have to do is show up and we will see that there are God’s messenger’s among us. That friend carried the love of Christ into my house that morning, and for that I am grateful.

The greatest blessing of Abraham and Sarah’s life–Isaac–upon whom rests the lineage of Jesus and God’s covenantal blessing, was the direct result of their entertainment of strangers in Genesis 18:1-10. On a hot day, Abraham decided to sit at the front of his tent to let the breeze cool him off. From that decision, the rest of human history was changed forever.

The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground.

He said, “If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by. Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree. Let me get you something to eat, so you can be refreshed and then go on your way—now that you have come to your servant.”

“Very well,” they answered, “do as you say.”

So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. “Quick,” he said, “get three seahs[b] of the finest flour and knead it and bake some bread.”

Then he ran to the herd and selected a choice, tender calf and gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it. He then brought some curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared, and set these before them. While they ate, he stood near them under a tree.

 “Where is your wife Sarah?” they asked him.

“There, in the tent,” he said.

Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”

Are you too busy to entertain strangers?

Do you expect God to show up with neon signs, a bolt of lightening and GPS coordinates for your next step?

Are you so busy wanting to make those big “God Blessings” happen in your life that you fail to see the blessings that happen every moment of every day?

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