As I continued to walk, a lady came up beside me, and said, “That was so nice of your friend to get you a coffee.” I pointed out my ketchup stain, explained to her the story, and clarified I’d actually never met that woman in my life. We proceed to talk about what God was doing in our hearts and lives as a part of the conference. I randomly began blabbering on about how God had revealed the beauty of reconciliation, that only comes through Christ, through a friendship at the conference. God knew that story, that testimony, of His faithfulness was no accident. This wife, mother of two teenagers, Children’s Minister was hurting. We stood by a trashcan outside the hotel pool and God gave me the honor to encourage her and she me and to pray for her.
I walked away from this conversation convicted. How often does God use a ketchup stain or a cup of coffee or some other seemingly insignificant moment to align our lives with a divine appointment He has in store for us? How often do I miss the opportunity to be hands, feet, and mouth peace of Jesus, because I am so busy or so frustrated or so busy and frustrated that I miss the opportunity to share God’s love and truth with another person?
I think of Acts 16:9-31, the story of Paul and Silas in prison; I cannot imagine being in prison is what they had in their planner for the day. However, they were so focused on the kingdom of God that they sang praises to God and even when they could have escaped they stayed and shared the good news of Jesus with the jailer and he was saved!
How often do I…. how often do we, miss out on a meaningful conversation that could have an eternal impact with those around us? For me, it is probably much more often than I would like to admit. So here’s my charge to myself and to you, when I am inconvenienced, or when a random person comes across my path, I am going to intentionally pray that the Holy Spirit in me is sensitive to how God may want to use me in that moment!
Disclaimer: My French fries did not look as good as those pictured!