Yesterday, I wrote about 'that time again.' You know, that time set aside for God alone? That precious time.
I completely forgot about something that had happened earlier in the day. I'd like to share it now.
I had just gotten my lunch and found a table. I did not recognize the gentleman at the table next to me which, in a small town and being who I am, was quite unusual.
He made a comment such as "You eat here, too?" as I had a company shirt on, but had brought my lunch. "Oh yeah. Same table a few days a week." said I. Nothing further was said.
I called my wife and started talking to her. He turned around to say something to me, saw that I was on the phone, and stopped. Right then, Holy Spirit told me he wanted to talk. I told my wife "Honey, I'll call you back. I need to talk to someone. Love you. Goodbye."
He picked up his tray and I said "Sir, you were going to say something a minute ago?"
"Ah...nothing important." he said.
"I've never seen you here before. Can I offer you a seat at my table? Sit down for a minute."
Those wonderful Divine Appointments!"
"Yea, I just bought 15 acres north of here and I was seeing what your town is like."
Turned out, he had recently retired. He was widowed. They had always wanted to live 'in the country,' so he had just moved here from Sun City, CA.
"Really?" said I. "You know where Fallbrook is?"
"Oh yea! We used to go down there all the time and get our avocadoes."
"Well I lived in Fallbrook for 30 years!"
Of course we talked to the point where the manager came and reminded me that my break was over! I don't remember everything we talked about, but I do remember the smile on his face as he left the restaurant.
I gave him the card for the church we go to. I gave him my own card with directions to these words.
Not every "Divine Appointment" leads to leading someone to Jesus. There are countless people out there that just need or want someone to talk to them. Not even 'deep' conversation. Not necessarily prayer. Just 'someone' to converse with.
Are you available for such an opportunity?