Divine Appointments

Divine appointments are those times when God arranges a meeting that wasn’t on your schedule.

Ever had that happen to you? When we experience a divine appointment, we touch a bit of heaven and catch a glimpse of the majesty of God. I love divine appointments. As a matter of fact, almost every divine appointment I’ve ever experienced has taken me in an unexpected, new direction in my life. I think of the divine appointment of meeting Bob Hawkins, Sr. of Harvest House Publishers. Soon after, I was writing more books than I could have ever imagined. And then, I remember the day when the pastors from South Korea visited our Quiet Time Ministries offices. And the next few years brought new translations of my books, Six Secrets To A Powerful Quiet Time and Knowing and Loving The Bible.

This last weekend I spoke at our Southwest Community Church (my local church where I am Director of Women’s Ministries) Women’s Retreat at Calvary Chapel Conference Center in Murrieta (Hot Springs), California. There were a number of other churches also using the Calvary Chapel Conference Center for their Women’s Retreats on this particular weekend. Well just before I left for the weekend, I received an email from someone asking if some of their women could meet with me while I was there. She explained that they were using my book, A Heart That Dances, in their Bible study and watching the DVD messages each week. She said there would probably be 4 or 5 of them who would attend. Of course, I said yes! We decided to meet in the coffee shop on the conference grounds on Saturday afternoon.

So I arrived at the coffee shop, grabbed some coffee, and chose a table where I thought 4 or 5 of us could sit. I had no real plan, and was excited to meet some women who were using one of my studies. I love the promise in Proverbs 16:9 — “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” One woman after another began arriving. Before I knew it, there were more than 15 women — amazing, incredible, beautiful, Spirit-filled women — sitting around the table. And though I had no message notes in front of me, I felt as though the Lord was writing a message in my heart. I began sharing, first about how God gave me the idea for Quiet Time Ministries. I talked about how we need to be responsible for the depth of our ministry, and let God be responsible for the breadth of our ministry. And then, I just shared stories of all that God has done over the years. How He’s opened doors I could have never opened. How He’s given strength for incredible opportunities. We had a glorious time where the Lord Jesus just poured out His blessings on all of us. We clearly knew that this precious time was etched in history as a gift from the Lord to all of us. Oh what grace was ours that afternoon!

I will never be the same because of this one divine appointment. Just think — I thought the weekend would be a time where I was speaking to women from my local church. I had no idea that the Lord was also going to bless me with these amazing women who are studying one of my books. I learned that there are 30 women in their study of A Heart That Dances. It’s not often that I have the opportunity to meet those who are using my studies in their groups. Oh what a blessing from the Lord! The Lord gave me a glimpse of what He is doing and encouraged me to keep being faithful in all He has called me to in life. I needed that encouragement even more than I realized. Sometimes we just need the urging on of the Lord to keep going. Keep running. Finish your race.

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me — the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.
Acts 20:24

Divine appointments — they are magnificently beautiful when they happen. Unplanned, yet clearly planned by God. Look at these beautiful women. They clearly have hearts that dance with the Lord. Oh, they are dancing.

Today, get ready. There just may be a divine appointment waiting for you.

♥ God bless you in the great adventure of knowing Him!

Catherine

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