Divine Appointments

Have you ever had a coincidence & thought afterwards, well that was just too weird? It may have been a divine appointment. My birthday is causing me to ponder how many times God has led me to some pretty awesome things (yes, today I’m 32, and I know, I don’t look it at all;)

An-y-ways, I had one of those happy coincidences yesterday at Barnes & Noble. I was at my writers meeting & usually go for coffee afterwards with some of the posse. Long story short, I didn’t go, went to book store instead & for 1st time EVER didn’t find anything I had to have. Disappointed, I stopped in the lady’s room before leaving & discovered the real reason I was there. A 15-yr-old was talking to her friend about how cool it’d be if she got published. I wanted to say something, wearing my “Wannabe YA Author” hair ribbon myself, but didn’t want to look like a creepy stalker. We went to our stalls and while I was peeing I just couldn’t shake the feeling I needed to talk to that girl. So I finished my business & rushed out to wash my hands & she was standing there, waiting for her friend, who was thankfully taking a long time (hmmm, another divine apt?). Well, wouldn’t ya know, this young girl believes in divine appointments too:) She kept saying throughout our conversation, ‘You just don’t know how perfect this is meeting you! It’s totally a God thing!’ I gave her my business card (I know, how professional am I that I had one on me, oh and only 1) and hopefully we’ll keep in touch b/c teenagers are cool. That’s why I’m a wannabe YA author-duh!

Then I started thinking about all the other chance meetings in my life that were God led. The biggie is meeting my hubby the first day of high school during 4th period Word Processing & getting to sit next to him. It took him 3 1/2 yrs to ask me out, but I knew that first day I’d marry him.

Me & My Prince Charming

Or when I got my first Sunday off from waiting tables at Perkins Restaurant a week before I left for college & decided to go to church. And discovered who Jesus is that day. Then prayed to him that I’d have at least one Christian roomie to help keep me on the straight and narrow & arrived to find not just one, but all 4 were Christians! Yanno, what are the odds of that at a secular college these days (okay it was 1997, ancient times, but still!!!).

Me & two of my lovely roomies. *That's not really her armpit hair. It's hair that was clogging up our shower drain & she decided to tape it under her arm, if that's any less gross.

And then the next year after I married Dan & transferred to UCF, where they royally screwed up my schedule & gave me a Monday night class that I’d soon be out of but HAD to attend that first one, so Dan, all alone & bored, wandered around campus & discovered this free BBQ, put on by XA (Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship). They roped him in (fresh blood & he could charm snakes-J/K!) & that one ‘coincidence’ tremendously shaped our college experience.

XA Girls-I'm the only one holding a baby. Nope, wasn't in MY plan to have a kid at 20, but I believe Kaylee was born 'for such a time as this.' Read Esther for a really cool tale on divine appointments.

 

Or when I went to my first big Christian conference, Aquire the Fire, & learned about mission trips & told God I wanted to go on one but didn’t think I could raise enough $ and then, the next day, someone from my home church hundreds of miles away who had no idea I was at the conference, called & said the church would like to sponsor me for a missions trip that summer to an orphanage in Jamaica. 

Where I stayed in Jamaica, where I discovered I wanted to be a teacher

For my next missions trip the following summer, I decided I could raise the $ myself. But then it wasn’t happening & crushed, I called out to God during prayer, ‘Why wouldn’t you want me to go on a missions trip?’ He answered, ‘What about that letter to your uncle?’ I’d been a Christian for about 2 yrs at that time and still hadn’t forgiven my uncle for abusing me when I was a kid. God had been laying it on my heart to write a letter that whole year but I was stubborn. I wrote it that day, a Friday (do u hear Rebecca Black’s song in your head every time you hear the word ‘Friday’ now or is it just me?). By Tuesday I needed $1,600 for my missions trip. I hadn’t received a single cent. Guess how much came in the mail on Tuesday when I checked my mailbox? If you guessed EXACTLY $1,600 then ding, ding, ding, you’re a winner *give yourself a pat on the back for playing!

Street Performing in Ireland. I'm the one in the cowboy hat ya'll

I could go on forever with more stories. But whatdya think? Coincidence or divine appointment? Any ‘coincidences’ of your own? Please share (it is my bday and I found a few gray hairs this month, it’s the least you can do to encourage me).

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5 comments on “Divine Appointments

  1. Jamie…Let me start off by saying that I set up a blog (and I don’t even blog) just to post to your blog. Kinda funny!
    I totally 100% agree with you. Our steps are planned for a greater purpose. There are so many things that have happened to me (good and bad) that I know were from the Lord! For example, my husband and I met through my mother-in-law. Sounds pretty normal, well she was my 9th grade English and Bible teacher. I didn’t meet my husband until I was 19. Why did I take some medical terminology classes? A year later my daughter needed some life saving operations (she was only 1 at the time). I know that God had me right where he wanted me all along. Some people who aren’t believers don’t understand this concept.
    Each of us have different opportunities and experiences in life. This is “our calling”. This is how we share Jesus to others. When other people have similar experiences as we do it opens doors of conversation, which can all lead back to Him.
    Well Jamie…those are just a couple of my Divine Appointments. I have so many, many, more I could go on for hours. Also, I NEVER do this kinda thing (BLOG). BTW…HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    • Wow, swisymisy, I am flattered:):) And touched by your stories. I LOVE hearing how God has set up other people too. It amazes me when things happen & people ask, Where’s God? He’s all around. He’s all knowing. He’s all powerful. You just have to open your eyes. So many people have hardened hearts. I couldn’t get through life like that, & I’ve had plenty of ‘bad’ things happen to me to allow myself to be cynical. But we know that what some meant for evil, God meant for good. He has turned EVERY situation around to bless me in some way. God bless:):) BTW, how did you come across my blog? Just wondering. Thanks for commenting!

  2. Hi Jamie!

    Great post! Please take that “Wannabe YA Author” ribbon out of your hair and replace it with an “I am a YA Author” hair ribbon–because you are one. Just because you haven’t yet published doesn’t mean you’re not an author. Someday you can add the word “published” to that, but you have written a YA novel so you ARE a YA author!! Good job!

    Love,
    Diana
    http://www.HowToWriteaBook.biz

  3. Mom, TMI ALERT!Thinking about a girl while you’rE peeing. Don’t worry about becoming a creepy stalker you already are one!!! 😛

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