As I have mentioned before, God appointments are precious gifts, and I am grateful for them. My wife and I just returned from a few days at a beautiful spiritual retreat setting. How quickly I forget to simply pull away, leave town and refocus through Bible study and prayer.
Before arriving at our beautiful, panoramic mountain destination over three hundred miles from home, I had prayed in advance for God appointments to take place. Answers to that prayer came quickly. The inspirational speaker certainly shared spiritual enlightenment alongside personal challenge, yet a surprise awaited me.
During our second day of the trip, I crossed paths with a previous friend that I had not seen in 34 years! In suddenly looking up there stood John; graying and still looking slim and youthful three decades later. We had last seen one another through our friendship at a church singles’ ministry in a distant city. We joyfully greeted one another, quickly introduced our wives; then we attempted to catch up on the last three decades of our lives over lunch. Naturally, one lunch could not cover all those years.
I wonder if reconnecting in Heaven might be similar to that meeting of old friends. After our heavenly arrival, will we quickly renew our spiritual relationships since our last earthly encounter? Although I am sure it will be a lot more glorious than an earthly reunion, what will we share with our past acquaintances in Heaven? Will the events of our earthly lives bring glory to the Father? Will we be eager to speak of what we learned throughout those years?
As believers we have many testimonies of the many ways God has lovingly cared for us throughout the journey. We never know with whom we may one day reconnect. Regardless of life’s many ups and downs, we have much to share of God’s faithfulness. What life stories can you share of God’s intervention in your life? Perhaps ponder it before your next God arranged meeting.