The Divine Appointment

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The “stuff” of life consumes us, confuses us, and clouds our perspective daily. We try to write the pages of our lives our way, but we end up with volumes of unnecessary rewrites. When we add the most important story ingredient daily, not legalistically, but with a dry, thirsty spirit, God enters, and changes us–and our story. We all need a divine appointment.

The Divine Appointment

by Rebecca Barlow Jordan

A thousand voices beckon me:

“You must do this today!

No time to pause and rest awhile,

no time for God to say

those gentle whispers in your ear,

those words you think you need to hear–

such foolishness–no way!”

But longing deep inside broke through.

With boldness I knew what to do:

“Get out! Get out! Go far away!

And then His gentle voice I heard,

So strong I could not speak a word,

“I’m waiting here for you.”

A divine appointment called my name.

 With dry and thirsty heart I came.

“Speak to me,” I whispered,

as other voices died away…

“I’m listening, Lord, it’s our time now.

What do you want to say?”

In my heart, I am thirsty for you, the living God (Psalm 42:2, CEV).

 

Do We Ever Outgrow Our Need for Divine Appointments?

I wrote that simple poem several years ago, but ran across it recently. All of us experience distractions and droughts–times when we need to drink deeply of God’s grace, His love, and His Word. In fact, is there ever a time when we don’t need those divine appointments? I don’t think so.

Even though I write about God’s character often, if I focus solely on what to feed others and neglect  my own spiritual disciplines, my own spirit will suffer. I need huge “gulps” of God daily!

The “stuff” of life shakes out differently for every person. Sometimes we experience stretches with no end of change in sight. Other seasons catch us off guard but trip us up only momentarily.

Whatever you are dealing with, God is able to handle it. Make a divine appointment today.

My Personal Prayer for You

Lord, only You know what readers are dealing with today. You know the “flesh patterns” of each heart–the things that draw us away from You and keep us self-sufficient, instead of depending on You daily. Thank You for Your availability, for sweet whispers of grace and mercy. Help us to keep our divine appointment with You daily, so You can write the story of our lives, not us. The journey is always sweeter with You as the Author. We thirst for you, God. Fill our hungry, thirsty hearts with Yourself.

Day-votedly Yours,

Rebecca

On a Personal Note

The last two weeks brought technical challenges for me. New software updates for my computer started a chain reaction of problems: programs hanging and not responding, no shutdowns (manual only), and a few days later someone maliciously attacked my website. (So if you noticed a break or some changes in my blog/website recently, that’s why). The website’s fixed, and software technicians have reinstalled the updated programs repeatedly. Hopefully, they’re working now. Thanks for your understanding and patience.

It’s Your Turn

What about you? Tell us about your “divine appointments.” Share your comments below.

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    3 Responses to “The Divine Appointment”

    1. Mary Townsend on August 15th, 2013 8:26 pm

      Rebecca, just reread this post again today and it so made me smile! I am participating in the Proverbs31 Yes to God Bible study and Lysa talks about those divine appointments in her book…life-changing moments when we say Yes to God or as you remind us, when we simply say Yes to spending time with Him and He speaks quietly to our hearts! Thanks for your inspirational messages!

    2. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on August 17th, 2013 1:07 pm

      My pleasure, Mary. Thanks for stopping by.

    3. Godfrey WARREN on September 9th, 2013 10:49 am

      Your own Personal Note said that the last two weeks brought technical challenges for me. New software updates for my computer started a chain reaction of problems…and a few days later someone maliciously attacked my website……

      Delighted to read that the website’s fixed. So many of us are encouraged by your great ministry and so pray that you will continue to experience God’s richest blessing in every aspect of your life and ministry.

      Thank you so much. Because you have so much for attention, NO REPLY IS NEEDED.

      Godfrey (Octogenarian)

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