I was recently thinking back over a situation and a conversation I had with my daughter. She just came back from doing a leadership track with Circuit Riders in California. She was originally planning on driving out with a caravan of other kids from DC to California and was super excited about that adventure of the cross country trip with friends. The day they were set to leave she had her car all loaded and met up with friends in DC when her check engine light came on. She took the car to the garage and it was determined that it was something pretty serious that she shouldn’t drive the car across country. It was with major disappointment and many tears that she drove home again. The questions started coming. Why? We just had the car gone over 2 weeks prior to make sure it was in good driving condition for the long trip. The mechanic said it was sound and he would drive it. So why? Why on the day she was to leave would it come on? As I helped her process she still kept declaring God’s goodness and faithfulness. We prayed and felt like it wasn’t because God was playing a mean joke but there was a purpose for her to fly instead of drive. She flew out and nothing out of the ordinary happened. She went about her school and flew home again. On the way home, she met a lady Julie in the airport who the Holy Spirit prompted her to strike up a conversation with. He told her to ask about the Julie’s daughter. She proceeded to talk with this woman for an hour and found out that her relationship with her daughter was strained, that she had severe epilepsy, and that she was a lesbian. Emily asked her all about her wife and showered her with the love of Jesus. She then asked if she could pray with her and for her relationship with her daughter and for her epilepsy. As they sat in the middle of the busy terminal, the Lord in His tender mercy touched Julie. She encountered the living God and felt His presence and His love. After hearing this story it struck me that this was the reason for the last minute change in Emily’s travel plans. God knew that on that day at that time Julie would be sitting in the airport needing a touch from Him. As disappointing as it was for Emily, God knew that their paths would cross in 4 weeks time, and He had a divine appointment with Emily and Julie. God wanted this lady to experience His love through Emily. How many times do things “fall through” and we get all angry at God and think He doesn’t care about us? We rant and rave and feel sorry for ourselves and completely miss the divine appointment that God was setting up for us. What if His love for His children is so great that He will change your plans so that you can meet someone who needs to see Jesus? What if He trusts you enough to know that your faith will sustain a disappointment because we have the assurance that all things work together for His good? What if we would live our lives in blind faith and complete surrender to Jesus knowing that this life is not our own? We are here for a greater purpose, the purpose of bringing the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of earth together. I had to think of the line from the song “How He Loves”…..”when heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss”…. What if you are the “sloppy wet kiss” of Jesus? It’s hard to share the love of Jesus with others when we are mad at Him. What circumstance in your life needs an perspective adjustment? Ask the Lord to show you the reason for a sudden change or disappointment. Most likely there is a higher purpose. Can you imagine how much God must love you to completely train wreck the carefully made plans of someone else so that they can cross your path? WOW! Mind blown. I pray today that you feel God’s love even in the midst of a disappointment so that you can share that love with someone else who really needs it!!
“How He Loves”
He is jealous for me
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy
When all of a sudden
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory
And I realize just how beautiful You are
And how great Your affections are for me.
He loves us
Oh how He loves us
Oh how He loves us
Oh how He loves us
We are His portion and He is our prize
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes
If His graces is an ocean we’re all sinking
When heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss
And my heart turns violently inside my chest
I don’t have time to maintain these regrets
When I think about the way…..