I want to talk today and the next several weeks about something that I hope will bless us — divine appointments.
Now all of us know about appointments. We all have had to make them, and we all know sometimes we will get a call and the appointment has changed. God also sets up appointments and he also changes them. Interruptions can be an appointment by God.
God will alter or interrupt man-made plans for his glory and our good. Our plans to accomplish a purpose are sometimes thwarted and frustrated. All of us know how it feels to have some plans made and laid out, to be looking forward to doing something or being in a certain place, just to have something unexpected alter those plans — and ya’ll know we don’t like for our plans to be altered.
When our minds are set on something we do not like for things to shift and change the course that we are on. But that’s not reality, for life is full of interruptions. Things can happen in a moment to turn things completely around but sometimes even in the normal routine of life, interruptions can be a good thing. You might not think so at the time but when plans are altered, sometimes it is for the best.
We all have heard of stories where people were upset because they missed a plane fight — they were looking forward to reaching a certain destination at a certain time but those plans vanished. Here they are stuck at the airport. Upset and frustrated, they display temperaments of anger; but then they learn that the plane that they were supposed to be on crashed and all the lives on board were lost.
People have been left by other people — they have missed a ride because something held them up, just to find out that the car that they were supposed to be riding in had been in a terrible accident and that the delay had worked out in their favor.
Sometimes interruptions, delays and deviations work to our advantage and we don’t even know it. Only God knows those times that we missed a trip, got put on hold or were hindered from leaving at a certain time because something was in the way that would have proved disastrous for us.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.
The Rev. George T. Ellis is pastor of Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Laurinburg.