Divine Appointments

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I am so happy to be home.

Last week was one of the most emotional, gut-wrenching roller-coasters of my life.  You know when you had to dissect a frog in biology class and it was so nasty but so interesting to see the frog’s inner make-up at the same time?  That’s how last week felt for me.  It was a deep slice into my soul to take a look at what was in there, and examining what that calling God placed in my heart looked like.  It was a good week.  Surreal, but good.

All over the place lately I’ve been hearing the phrase (and using the phrase) “Divine Appointment.”  Partly because my week away was full of them.  Over and over and over again I was finding myself sitting next to someone or talking to someone that I needed to connect with, only I didn’t know it.  Divine appointments.  Places and people that God had arranged for me before the beginning of time.  It’s enough to blow your socks off, really, thinking that God cares enough about us to plan out the little things way way ahead of time.  That everything good He has in store for us has been prepared and waits to play out for His glory.  That’s why I’m loving that song now, “I know who goes before me, I know who stands behind, the God of angel armies is always by my side.”  I get so much peace knowing that God has it all planned and He goes before me and hedges me in from behind.  Safe.

The thing about divine appointments is that they’re just that, divine.  I have to laugh when I hear of someone saying they “have a divine appointment” with someone.  How would you know?  Maybe you could be praying in expectation, but His manifest presence is never forced.  It’s that overflowing of the Holy Spirit that comes by His grace.  My old pastor used to call it “under the spout where the glory comes out.”  You can position yourself under the spout, but you can’t make it rain.  He does that.  I love Chandler’s message on the “faucet” and the Holy Spirit’s manifest presence.  You can watch it here.  In my experience, those seasons of the Spirit’s manifest presence have almost a tactile quality to them–like there’s a texture to them.  There’s something about them that makes my spirit say “mmmmm.”  They’re anointed, smooth, satisfying and complete.  And when the rain comes, I feel most whole.  Oh, to stay in His presence.

I’m so grateful for the outpouring of prayer and encouragement I got from you all last week.  I am so thrilled for what God is up to and I can’t wait to see what comes next.  Praying for you all to experience Divine Appointments this Holy week and that the Holy Spirit just pours out all over you in this Easter season.  He is RISEN!  We get to live in His power.  Mmmmm.

“And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed.  You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.  He has risen; he is not here.”  Mark 16:6 AMEN!

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