They happen when we least expect. Little reminders of God with us.
Twenty–five years ago, when we were first starting out on the missionary path, we had hit rock bottom as we tried to raise the necessary funds to get us to another country. There seemed to be little response as that bottom line budget loomed over our heads.
We were at a small church, our kids were little, and we were physically and emotionally exhausted.
Then it happened: A Divine Encounter. We got a call from a single mom who had spent all night interceding for us. She felt God was telling her to give us a large offering. A kind of offering that single moms aren’t supposed to give.
It was the encouragement we needed. It launched us down a path of renewed fervor and focus. It helped us finally get to Peru, where Paul would become a seasoned teacher to pastors needing a theological foundation for their personal and ministerial lives. Peru was also where I began to learn what medical outreaches can do to promote Kingdom growth. These were some of our most formative years in ministry.
And this mom was one of those flash moments in time that are forever etched in our memories.
Yesterday, 25 years later, I ran into her at a pastor’s meeting, in a church far from our temporary home here in southern California. She recognized me immediately. I recognized her as well. Hugs and tears ensued. Her life has taken her through many open doors of opportunity, and a while back, brought her a new family. God reminded me once again that He is with us.
What a privilege that He uses you and me to bless others in this way. We might get to provide that individual, that family, or that people group, with the one thing that launches them into a life of fulfilling God’s purpose for them.
So let’s get busy this year and do just that.