Have you ever had a divine appointment—a moment when you connected with someone and you sensed there was something of God in that moment? Did you later realise, looking back, why that connection took place? There have been many times I’ve found myself somewhere, wondering why God had led me to that place, only to have a conversation with someone which had significance. I call those divine appointments.
Barry and I first met when I was a student at university more than 18 years ago. My friend and I were running a Christian dance group, and Barry had been booked to come and speak and DJ as part of a week-long mission. We had a great week, and I just sensed that this would lead to more. Little did I know that I would be going later that year to Ibiza with Barry and a team to share the good news of Jesus—a divine appointment which has had spiritual significance to my journey and others.
There’s a character in Acts chapter 9 called Ananias who I think is one of life’s unsung heroes. Ananias was the brave man who responded to a nudge from God to go to Straight Street to meet Saul (later known as the apostle Paul) to lay hands on him and heal his sight. It says:
‘In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!” "Yes, Lord,” he answered.’
Ananias accepted a divine appointment which catapulted evangelist Paul into ministry. You don’t hear anything of Ananias after that. Yet Ananias' response to a divine appointment impacted the early church beyond measure.
The Bible is full of divine appointments, and God continues to line up divine appointments for us and others today. I encourage you to keep your eyes, ears and hearts open to God. Maybe today you are going to have a divine appointment which will help to shape your future for good. Or maybe God will call you to go and talk with someone, like he did with Ananias—perhaps someone who you will later learn has gone on to do great things, because your response to your divine appointment was ‘Yes, Lord’. Who knows? One thing I do know is that divine appointments happen; we just need to realise it when they do.
Amy Wyatt is the lead pastor of Oasis Community Church in Biddulph, Staffordshire. Amy was also the team leader on our three missional endeavours in Ibiza, in 2000/2001.