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Appointments with God

September 28, 2014

A father and son with their catch, Photo by Carl Zitsman of US Fish and Wildlife Service (Public Domain)

A woman wants very much to become a missionary. She prays over the matter; plans for the prospect of heading overseas, but is struck down by illness and dies. Loved ones mourn her loss. Yet God has fulfilled her desire. She was a light in the darkest of places, where death stalked the halls.

We cannot always see the larger purpose God has for our lives. But soldiers, lawyers, nurses, teachers, janitors, cab drivers, and all the rest have been put in place by God. The battlefield, the courtroom, the hospital, the classroom, the media, the legislature, and the street matter.

All of us have appointments with God. We may not realize the countless ways He can use us. But He knows already the roads we will travel, the people we will encounter, and the trials we must endure.

To be clear, God does not require our involvement to accomplish His ends. He can manage without our assistance. But loving Father that God is, He allows us to play a part in accomplishing His will.

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2: 9).

Father, we long to be of use to You, but cannot always perceive Your will for our lives.

Help us to recognize that You are with us, even when we cannot feel Your presence. Help us to trust that You will guide our footsteps, even when we cannot see the road ahead. And help us to keep our “appointments” that Your will may be actualized through us.

We ask this in Jesus’ Holy Name.

Amen

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