I absolutely love when God sets up divine appointments. Did you hear the story about the girl with the red LIFE wristband? It is amazing! I'll give you a run down, but heading over to read the whole article is well worth your time.
A girl wore a red rubber bracelet that said LIFE on it as a reminder for her to pray for the pre-born. She was at Wal-Mart and the bracelet came off her wrist as she was loading up groceries. She was pretty bummed and couldn't figure out how it had come off but hoped God would use it somehow. Months later she was at work as a waitress and she got seated a girl in her twenties with a little baby. The baby was quiet and sweet and she began to talk to the mother about the baby and then noticed the mother of the baby had a red LIFE bracelet so she commented on it. The mother of the baby then told her the story of how she had found the bracelet in a Wal-Mart parking lot just after she had found out she was pregnant and everyone was pressuring her to have an abortion so she scheduled one for two days later. She picked up the bracelet and put it in her purse. "The woman recounted how at this bleakest of moments, she suddenly remembered the bracelet in her purse. She pulled it out and held it in her fingers until she drifted off into a trouble sleep. At one point she suddenly awoke in the middle of the night with the word "LIFE" surging through her mind and heart. In the morning, the woman canceled her abortion appointment."
Wow huh! God orchestrated not 1 but 2 divine appointments for these two girls. When God does stuff like it leaves you with nothing else to say but, "Wow!"
John the Baptists entire existence was like a giant divine appointment. His time of living and job description were to fulfill prophecy written hundreds of years before he was even born. A job of preparing the way for and pointing to Jesus as the Messiah.
"The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is written in Isaiah the prophet: "I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way"-- "a voice of one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.' " And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. John wore clothing made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: "After me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." Mark 1:1-8
Did you know there are over 330 prophecies about Jesus in the Bible and every single one of them was fulfilled perfectly to the letter. Not just broad, sweeping, that could be talking about a lot of people type of thing. No, things like the tiny city He would be born, the specific line of people He would be born through, that He would be crucified between two thieves 500 years before crucifixion was even invented, that He would have His beard plucked out and would be betrayed by a friend for thirty pieces of silver that would be thrown on the temple ground.
And did you know that the chances of just eight of those prophecies being fulfilled is a statistical impossibility. It is like filling the state of Texas two feet deep with silver dollars and painting one of them red and tossing it out there in Texas somewhere. And then you are to put on a blindfold and you have one chance to pick the red one. It's just not possible. Yet, God, the Orchestrator of divine appointments did the impossible not only 8 times, but over 330!
I hope you are wow-ed at God today because that is what He has in store for us through this new series going through the book of Mark. I just love how we can read the same thing over and over in Scripture and God still shows us something new, profound and yet beautifully personal and practical. I love how God wow's us no matter how many times we've read something! That has been my experience so far starting Mark and I can't wait to share the perspective and insights the Lord has shown me. I hope you will join me on the journey.
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Faith Filled Friday Blog Hop
We exist to glorify God, to display His heart and character. And I just love how we are all uniquely built to do that. So every Friday I want to give you, uniquely designed by God, an opportunity to link up your thoughts on God, art, baking, photography, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, writing or blogging and more if they tie into or display the the Lord somehow.
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And in effort to encourage others in their writing by faith, please take a minute to comment on the two posts linked up before you.
I'm linked up with the beautiful ladies at Fellowship Fridays, Nebraska Graceful, Reflection of Him,Spiritual Sunday, Heart Reflected, The Better Mom, Create with Joy.