Walking Into Joy
Some call them “divine appointments”—these seemingly random intersections of our lives with others heaven intends for us to know. In the midst of our haste and busyness, Jesus so orders lives that two of His disciples meet, discover each other’s faith, and thus increase the gladness of the kingdom.
Such moments are impossible to plan, nor often to explain, even with years of hindsight. No coincidence of calendar or strategic calculation could ever yield in what these godly friendships bring us. We marvel in amazement at all the joy and richness we might have missed if we hadn’t allowed these unplanned graces to occur. What if, we ask in holy fear, we hadn’t paused by that staircase to tie a shoelace or ask a question? What if we hadn’t yielded to the Spirit’s promptings and approached that stranger after church?
Five years ago I didn’t know that John* existed—or how much his prayers and counsel would enrich my life. His journey with Jesus has been so well matched to the needs of my own that I have frequently poured out my gratitude to God for the friendship only He could have appointed.
Five months ago I stopped before entering an elevator, caught in the Spirit’s grip for an extra 15 seconds or so—just long enough to meet David* at a ministry convention. Within the hour I learned to my amazement that he had been praying that we might be given a chance to talk, to share, to pray together as brothers in Christ. Today, across many miles, we do that via Skype or phone at least every other week.
As you read this month’s cover story, “VIDA: That’s Life,” you too will marvel at the divine appointments that brought salvation to so many. And like me, you may also bow your head and praise the hand that still guides us toward that rich, abundant life He promised to all who follow Him.
*not their real names