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Divine Appointments & Chili

on January 14, 2013

Touchdown_Chili_Recipe.ashxToday’s post may not be full of a thousand words.  But its packed chock full.

Of heart.

Of soul.

Of spirit.

Of joy.

Of awe.

Of humble appreciation.

Of gratitude.

Of humanity.

What comes out of a simple invitation for hot chili on a cold winter day astounds me.

A new family, new to us, and us, new to them, came over for lunch.  The house was picked up. Bathroom cleaned. Table set. Flowers in a vase. Nice-smelly candle lit. Fireplace on.  Cozy was the call.

Doorbell rang. We did the usual introductions. Hung in the foyer a few minutes. And then invited them in. Fully in.  Some of the kids were shy, some eager to play together, one full of questions (always, wink wink…).

We sat down and the floodgates opened.  We shared. We exchanged. We laughed. We over-shared and apologized, but it didn’t matter, not one bit.  It was rich.

And the whole time I am thinking and feeling grateful to be a part of a Larger God-Story going on here.

I love those moments, conversations, and meetings of new people, when you know God is behind the whole thing.  That there is a reason I am now in your life.  That there is a reason you are now in my life.  Its naught for naught.  Its deep. Its spiritual.  I call these Divine Appointments.

And always, a Divine Appointment is orchestrated by God, who loves and cares deeply about people.  He brings people together because someone needs wisdom.  Or inspiration. Or healing. Or love. Or a word of encouragement. Or an act of kindness. Or a new friend.  Or a special connection for personal or even business reasons.  Or deep spiritual truth and conviction that always points one or another back to the Lord.

Yesterday’s hot chili-and-chips-or-cornbread-lunch may have filled up my tummy.  Which lasts a few hours.

Yet our exchange with this new family filled up my heart and spirit forever.  I am so very humble to be a part of what God is doing in someone else’s life. I am grateful that God would use me, (really, Chris and me), a person so flawed, so messy, so full of my own sinfulness and mistakes, to be of inspiration to another.

I always say that crisis brings clarity to one’s life. And it does.  But on the happier flip-side, Divine Appointments with another human being also bring clarity and perspective on what really matters in this short life on Earth.

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5 responses to “Divine Appointments & Chili

  1. Jamie Calvert says:

    happy for you….great day!!!!

  2. Gina says:

    Beautifully said. Even though I’m not a mom I can relate to this on so many levels. My California friends are divine appointments…as you said, orchestrated by God. Yea God!

  3. Rory Hunter says:

    Jessica,
    Kory and I were just talking about this last night, and I am so impressed that you have a term for these “chance meetings”, Divine Appointments. Kory was saying that he has prayed and prayed for God’s help and questions if his prayers are being heard. We discussed that perhaps God is helping by placing people strategically in our lives that give support and care during critical times. These meetings are not by chance. They truly are Divine Appointments. Thank you for writing this article. It is yet another sign from God that he is providing and caring for us, in subtle and not so subtle ways.
    You always inspire and amaze me with your writing.
    Much love
    Rory

  4. Kylie says:

    Jessica
    just got to read my weekly addictions, and last. This one I have to say is on par with last weeks!!!
    Go and get a deal!!!!

  5. Dana says:

    Jess,
    Once again you remind me of all of the blessings that are all around me. God often times works in subtle ways…it’s up to us to see them and appreciate them when they occur. I am so grateful God placed you in my life for wisdom, inspiration and friendship…one of my Divine Appointments!!
    xo Dana

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