Isaiah 55:8-11 ~ For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
I am convinced that God allows circumstances in our lives that afford us opportunities to share the Gospel. However, it is easy to forget God’s providence in my life at times when things seem stressful. Recently, I was again reminded that God has a plan for EVERYTHING that happens in my life. I was headed to a missionary deputation meeting in Pennsylvania a few Friday nights ago. I had my flight itinerary planned and had even checked the weather to be sure that I would not be delayed. I was excited about reuniting with friends on the other end of the flight and the opportunity to share my ministry with my friends’ church. It became evident very quickly that the flights were going to be inexplicably delayed. The weather did not seem to be the issue ~ the plane was just late. I was becoming bothered by this inconvenience. The flight plan changed along the way causing me to have to switch planes unexpectedly as well. In the midst of all the seemingly unnecessary delays, the Lord allowed me to talk to a lady that I was sitting next to. We quickly struck up a conversation after I found out that she had been in Virginia Beach to seek housing for herself in her move to Virginia Beach in June. She was quick to tell me that she was a Catholic, but she was also interested in my being a Baptist missionary to England. We talked for a long time, and she promised to come to visit Tabernacle in Virginia Beach after she moves. She did not make a profession of faith, but I know that the seed was planted. She hugged me before we parted at baggage claim, took my business card, and said she would look forward to seeing me again. I don’t know if she will follow through on those promises, but I know that God allowed my plane to be delayed which opened up the door for this lady and me to talk. I am convinced that God plans divine appointments for us all along the way for us to share the Gospel with people who need it. The question is will you and I take advantage of the “appointments” and indeed share the Gospel? Don’t be discouraged by the delays; see them as the opportunities to make your divine appointments right on time in God’s plan!