Divine Appointments

Debbie Macomber shares how you can recognize God's hand at work in your life.

By Debbie Macomber, Port Orchard, Washington


O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago. Isaiah 25:1

As I grow older, I’ve come to recognize God’s hand in my life more and more. For instance, the night I met Wayne, I had a date who canceled at the last moment. I was dressed and ready to go, only to have my plans dashed. No more than a half hour later the phone rang again; it was a friend of my roommate’s who was looking for a date to take to a movie. That was how I met my husband.

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One summer something occurred that had God’s fingerprints all over it. I was in Phoenix on tour with a number of events scheduled. My travel plans are arranged a year in advance and my schedule on the road is usually jam-packed, but for some inexplicable reason, that particular morning was open.

As it happened, the son of one of our dearest friends was to be buried that day in Phoenix and his funeral was that morning. I’m convinced that God knew and prepared the way for me to attend Michael’s funeral. I was able to be in church to love, support and comfort our friends.

God’s intervention is evident in every corner of my life; I call these “divine appointments.” Often, I don’t recognize these intersections of time and eternity until much later. It takes what seems to be happenstance to show me once again that He is in control of every detail.

Open my eyes, Lord Jesus, to Your divine appointments.

This devotion is excerpted from Patterns of Grace: Devotions from the Heart.