I met Jessica 25 years ago. She was only six-years-old when she walked into my first grade classroom. What I didn’t know was that:
• Her mother had prayed for a Christian teacher in the public school.
• I would teach Jessica from first to third grade, go to all her graduations, even her wedding and baby showers.
• Jessica would be the first person to buy my teen Bible study, Shine! Radiating the Love of God on-line from Amazon.
…but God knew.
He knew 25 years ago I would become a writer, and this precious child, now aged 31, would be the first person to buy my book for her own daughters.
I like to imagine what God is doing or thinking when He sees me recognize how He’s connecting the dots in my life.
I imagine that He’s laughing and smiling sweetly. That He is pleased with the connection He
made 25 years ago—on purpose and with a plan.
God is doing the very same thing in your life too. Jeremiah 29:11 promises that God has a plan for you and it’s a good one!
Whatever is going on in your life today, this month, or this season—good or bad—God is bringing people into your life to help complete this plan.
And like the mom who prayed for a Christian teacher to influence her daughter, remember that YOU may be the answer to some other person’s prayer.
The places you go…the people you “accidentally” meet…the jobs you have…they are divinely orchestrated by a Sovereign God who is working providentially in your life. He sees the next year… 5 years…and 25 years down the road.
When things are especially difficult, hold on to the hope that God is working behind the scenes to make good come from bad.
As you look back on the “accidental” connections, you can be sure that God is saying, “See, I connected you with the right people at the right time to bring about my perfect purpose and plan for your life.”
Debbie is co-founder of Shine! Ministries and a partner with The Polished Conference. She is the author of one Bible Study, “Shine! Radiating the Love of God,” available at Grace-publishing.com or amazon.com. She would love to speak at your next women’s event, teen event, or at the college where she brings an inspirational message to teachers in training called, “A Christian Perspective for an Inspirational Classroom.” For more information visit her website: www.debbiepresnell.com or visit her page on facebook: shineministriesnc. Contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org