When two or more random events that somehow seem to relate, happen to me simultaneously, it causes me sit up and take notice.
You know…..when things seem to be a “coincidence” (a word I actually don’t use as I see it rather as destiny).
“I recently experienced this.”
I received correspondence from 2 unrelated friends this week. One I met 38 years ago but reconnected with again. The other was someone I met for only 2 hours nearly 3 years ago.
The first guy, Neill, I met in 1975 as officer cadets in the Rhodesian Armed forces. I was training to be a pilot and he a combat soldier. We both went on to serve some years in the Rhodesian war. Destiny led to us meeting again on his farm in the Cape in South Africa 2 years ago.
Neill had mentioned his dissatisfaction with his current job situation and a possible alternative. I felt in my spirit (which was actually quite downcast at that time) neither of these 2 options was the right one and told Neill I believed there was something else he was destined to do and he and his wife Joanna would have peace when it appeared.
I met the second guy, Joe*, 3 years ago on a fundraising visit to England for a ministry I was Director of. I shared a testimony of my life at a men’s breakfast and met Joe* briefly afterwards. He shared how much my speaking encouraged him. Over the last couple of years, despite not being a wealthy man, he has generously contributed extra funds that came his way, to the ministry I represented.
Last week, I heard from both of these precious men. Neill shared how, after months of negotiating, planning and heart-searching, he has been offered what he believes is his “dream job”, designed to help struggling, needy farmers to develop their skills. It’s a perfect position for Neill to walk in His purpose as well as help others grow….and the key?…both he and Joanna have peace this is right!
Simultaneously I heard from Joe* (first time he’s emailed me) saying He felt led to give a substantial financial gift to me (not our ministry). My wife and I have lived “by faith” financially for the past 25 years in missions, never knowing what we’d receive each month. We realise its “unusual” but we followed that calling in our personal lives and in establishing a vibrant ministry to care for abandoned and HIV/Aids affected children.
The past year, following our handing over of our ministry, we were seriously in debt for the first time in 25 years. It went against our commitment to stay debt free and live on what we received only, not taking loans etc. Joe’s * response, from a whisper (he didn’t know our situation) has brought us to a place of “just out of debt” again.
The point of this story?
All of us are gifted with something for others….be it a “word of encouragement or insight” funds in our hands, a desire to develop and serve/build others. However these gifts remain with ribbon and wrapping attached, until we choose to share them, often ignited by a simple “whisper in our ear”.
My question, along with one God asked of Moses when he feared to step out………..“What’s in your hand?” Exodus 4:2
Use what’s in your hand, under the direction of God, and great things can happen in your life…. I dare you!