I was in a hurry and I didn’t know where I was going. Actually, the truth is that I knew who I wanted to see but I didn’t know where to find her. I got a call that one of my parishioners was taken to the Rhode Island Hospital. Upon arriving I went in and gave the name to the receptionist. She gave me explicit directions to the room.
I must have been doing the “man thing” because almost immediately, I got lost. There were a bunch of lefts and rights and corners involved in the directions. My wife would say I wasn’t listening as I should have been. Fortunately, something prompted me to stop and ask directions. Otherwise, I might have been wandering for days.
I felt like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. As I came to an intersection where I had to choose between three possible paths. I stopped. Just then a woman came by. I saw her. Something prompted me to ask her for directions. She smiled and said, “Let me show you the way. I am a chaplain here and I know a short cut.”
A few minutes later I reached my destination. Before going into the room, I thanked her. I told her she was an angel. I’m sure I would have eventually found my way, but she showed up just when I needed her. She helped me get where God wanted me to be. All I needed to do was follow her lead.
I can’t tell you how many times this has happened to me. I feel a little nudge to go somewhere or to stop and speak to someone. Suddenly I feel like I am being set up. I meet someone who is need or someone who can help me get where I’m going. Call it a divine appointment. These happen to remind us that God is always at work.
God answers prayers by either sending us, or someone else, to a person in need. He calls us to be his hands and feet in the world. He sends us out to serve and be a light in the darkness. In many of our churches on Christmas Eve we had candlelight services. They closed with us being sent out to share the light of God’s love.
I want to challenge you to say “Yes!” to God in the coming year. Why not begin each day by asking God to use you for some purpose he has in mind? Give him permission to guide your steps to a place where you can be that angel in someone’s life. Make this a year to remember. Let God lead the way. Then watch the miracles begin to unfold.
The Rev. Cal Lord is pastor of Central Baptist Church in Westerly.