While I recently went over the manuscript for my second book, I couldn’t stop thinking about a high school colleague I met at a starbucks coffee shop at the start of the year! I remember praying that evening before leaving my house, asking the Lord for divine connections as I stepped out of my home.
I am reminded by a quote from Mark Batterson, “God is in the business of strategically positioning us in the right place at the right time. He is awfully good at getting us where He wants us to go. But here’s the catch: The right place often seems like the wrong place, and the right time often seems like the wrong time.”
To be honest, my motive before praying to the Lord that evening for a divine connection had everything to do with me wanting to meet and connect with someone of significance that can help me in the adventure the Lord had me on. God answered my prayer that evening by opening my eyes to recognize and connect with a high school colleague I hadn’t seen in years. It was obvious to me the Lord had this colleague of mine in His heart after my time with him.
God is a master at setting His people up for divine appointments which eventually leads to the answered prayer He had setup for them all along for His glory.
My old high school colleague opened up about his struggles in my time with him. He admitted he was homeless and that he was having a hard time letting go of selling drugs. He repeatedly shared he didn’t know his purpose. I also found out that he had graduated from university with honors and he found no purpose in the program he studied.
Our conversation ended with me encouraging him with Godly truths about his identity. I left my chat with him with a sense of urgency to publish my second book titled Love Rained Down: 30 Day March with Purpose.
There is a devil out there that comes to steal, kill and destroy according to the first part of John 10:10, but the verse ends with a powerful encouragement that Jesus came that we may have life and have it more abundantly.
God is not ashamed to be identified with the parts of us that we think we need to hide. Even at our worst He still desires to connect with us. He loves us just the way we are, but He loves us too much to leave us that way. God has placed us on the earth at this time for a pre-decided purpose. To find out that purpose, we have to let his Holy Spirit at work in us take charge of our lives. We were made by God and for God, until we understand that, life will never make sense.