Last year at this time, I made a split second decision as I pulled out onto the highway to head to the office – a decision that changed eternity.
I made an unusual stop by my favorite little coffee shop here in Charlotte to get some writing done before heading to the studio to finish up some filming. I decided to take some quiet time with my thoughts to reflect and write.
Soon after sitting down and pulling out my yellow pad and fountain pen, a middle-aged man approached me and respectfully asked if he could interrupt me.
He told me that the owner of the coffee shop (a former Australian firefighter) said that I was a Jewish Christian.
He queried, “What is that?”
I invited the man to join me at my table, and in a few moments tears began streaming down his face. He didn’t really want to know the answer to his question; he was pleading for an answer to life.
He confided that his wife was dying from cancer, and that she might have just a few more months on this earth with their two-year-old daughter.
The tears in his eyes and the weary look on his face told me he needed something only the Almighty could give him. He needed solace from the Great Comforter, he needed strength from the Chief Cornerstone, he needed love from the Father.
So we talked.
We talked about him and his wife and their life together. And then I told him what I know about life. I shared with him just some of the glorious story of our Messiah – things he had never heard in his entire life.
It wasn’t a long talk – a couple of hours – but it was enough to start to fill his deflated spirit.
He followed me back to the ministry headquarters where we continued to talk, and he asked question after question. Before he left that day we prayed, and I filled his arms with materials to take back home to his wife.
“Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you…”
~ 1 Peter 3:15
I tell you this to encourage you.
What I thought was going to be a quiet couple of hours of work turned into an opportunity to share the most important message on planet Earth with a man who desperately needed it.
I had no idea that was what was in store for me when I arrived at the little coffee shop that morning. But I live every day as though I have the most fascinating, magnificent, life-changing information to share with the world — because I do!
And when you start expecting Divine appointments, you stop missing them.
So grab your Red Sea Crossing cards or your Creator’s Calendar or the Torah that’s written upon your heart and make those Divine appointments. They are waiting for you everywhere.
I never did get my work done; I had to shoot from the hip while the cameras were rolling.