Chapter 7 Divine Appointment
Ever get the sense of being at the wrong place at the wrong time? Circumstances go from bad to worse. Or maybe you’ve experienced the opposite: good fortune comes when you least expected it. When this happens, it reminds us how little control we truly have over our lives.
We don’t plan to bump into an old acquaintance and renew that long lost friendship. We drove carefully only to hit black ice and end up in a ditch precariously perched atop a six foot culvert the opposite direction we originally were headed. Whether planned or not, our days are filled with Divine appointments, and it requires trust in the Lord when life takes an unexpected curve.
The Scriptures tell us the story of a woman who approached Jacob’s well outside of Samaria. She collected water at a different time of day than the other women in town because of her unacceptable reputation.
“Give me a drink,” the man sitting near the well said to her.
His request immediately caught her off guard because he broke customary Jewish laws. He was a Jewish man speaking to a Samaritan woman. In her conversation with Jesus she discovered he knew her past and present living situation. By the time the disciples returned to the well, she had discovered Jesus to be a prophet.
The woman returned to town to retrieve others to investigate this man who knew all about her. Many believed in Jesus that day. Their interest began with the woman sharing her story and ended with what He did for them personally.