I received a note recently from Barbara Curnutt, the former executive director of Georgia Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union and Women’s Enrichment Ministry. In her note she mentioned to me that she recently returned home from a mission trip to Germany where she worked with refugees. In her note she shared about a divine appointment that she had in Berlin.
“While at the train station in Berlin, we found an error on our tickets to Frankfurt that resulted in the purchase of new tickets on a later train. The delay, however, led to a divine appointment. A Syrian-Kurdish Muslim woman approached me in perfect English to ask if I could show her how to purchase train tickets for her family. They literally had just entered the country with nothing but the clothes on their backs. We were able to share Jesus, lead the family to their train, and make our train on time.”
Had Barbara not had an error in her tickets to Frankfurt resulting in purchasing tickets for a later train, she would not have met the Syrian-Kurdish Muslim woman nor would she have had an opportunity to share Jesus Christ with her and her family. I want to ask you to join Barbara and me in praying that her testimony to this particular family will be used by God in a powerful way to bring them to faith in Jesus Christ.
The truth is, God gives us divine appointments every day. I believe that if we will be attentive to those opportunities to share the Gospel we will be amazed at what God does through our testimony of His grace and love.
Aren’t you thankful that around 2,000 years ago God had a divine appointment with mankind? On that most glorious of all nights the angels declared to the shepherds the birth of the Christ child. In response the shepherds said, “Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which has come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.” After their encounter with the Christ child and Mary and Joseph, the shepherds returned praising God and Mary kept all of these things and pondered them in her heart.
Through this most precious of all divine appointments, God came to earth to live among us and to demonstrate His amazing love.
Perhaps the best way to celebrate the Christmas season is to be aware of those divine appointments that God gives to you to share the Good News of Christmas with those who do not know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Those divine appointments are occurring everywhere. They require only our obedience to bring the message of the Christ child, the message of salvation, to those who need to be saved through Jesus Christ.