Today, I had a bunch of errands to run. Have you had those days? So, I prayed that I would get it all done and it would be a fun day with the Lord. I put on my worship music and tootled all over town, with such joy in my heart. It was a great day and I was accomplishing much! I call these “anointed shopping days“!!!
My last stop was to get my oil changed at the local shop right near our home. I have been going to this place for almost 20 years. I had seen men come and go and a few stay for a while. But, today, there was a new gentleman there. His name? Scott. Friendly, and with a sparkle in his eye, he walked out to my car and led me into the bay to help me get my oiled changed. When he asked how I was today, I said that I was so blessed and had absolutely nothing to complain about. He agreed. Then he asked what I needed, and I shared that I was needing my oil changed because I had to speak out of town this weekend at a women’s Christmas event.
Immediately, within that 5 minute conversation, Scott knew I loved Jesus.
“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13
WHAT DO PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT US WITHIN THE FIRST 5 MINUTES OF MEETING US?
That’s a sobering thought.
This opened the door for Scott to begin to share his story. He shared that when he was in 10th grade, he had two teachers that he vividly remembered because both of them changed his life. He first told me about Reverend Hodges, his Chemistry teacher. One day, Reverend Hodges pulled Scott to the side and said, “Son, a fool has said in his heart ‘There is no God’. I have watched you this year, and son, you are no fool.” Scott said that statement set him on a course to find God in a real and personal way and it changed his life forever.
YOU CAN CHANGE THE TRAJECTORY OF ANOTHER’S LIFE BY WHAT YOU SAY
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21
That same year, Scott’s English teacher, (name I will not mention) also had influence in his life. She wore dentures and one day, bit into an apple and pulled her dentures out in front of the whole class. Several students got caught laughing, including Scott. She sent them out into the hallway and then came out and proceeded to tell them how sorry they were and how they were worthless and would never amount to anything. His words to me were, “You know, some people think that our hearts are hard as men. Truth is, our hearts are tender too, and when someone says that to you, you never forget it.”
I told Scott how very sorry I was that someone said that to him and that she was just an embarrassed and hurting woman who lashed out and took it out on him. Here is his response:
“I knew I had two choices of how to respond: to believe it and let it define me or to prove her wrong. I chose to prove her wrong. I got a great job, married, had children. I bought my first nice car. A white Lexus with all the bells and whistles. Then, I drove myself to the school and waited in the faculty parking lot for her. When she came out to her car, I got out of mine and asked her if she remembered me. When she replied “yes”, I told her what she said to me that day and how it wounded me. Then, I showed her the bill of sale for my home and for my car with my name and signature, and said, ‘Don’t ever tell a student that they will never amount to anything, because it can devastate them. If it wasn’t for Reverend Hodges speaking truth over my life around that same time, I might have believed you. But God had another plan for me.'”
How many people do we meet each day who have heard so many lies
and they just need someone to speak some truth to them?
I was so blessed today to meet Scott. There is no doubt in my mind that my routine “appointment” to get my oil changed was so much more. My appointment had become a Divine Appointment from God. He had much to teach me through my encounter with Scott, and I am incredibly grateful. How great the love the Father has for us, that He would take our every day moments and make them Divine.
As we enter into the season of Advent, a celebration of the anticipation of the coming Christ and His soon return, may we not get so busy that we miss the beautiful intentionally designed appointments the Father has for us. Oh, how He loves us.