Divine Appointments: Part 2

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When I initially started writing this post, I said to myself, “Keep it short and to the point, but with a message.”  Hmm… Well, as my husband would surely confirm, I am never short and to the point and my messages, although very clear to me, are mostly obscured and hidden between the lines to others. If you’ll stick with me, I want to continue discussing “Divine Appointments.” If you didn’t catch Part 1, you can read it by clicking here.

Paying Attention

We’ve ALL had, and will continue to have, divine appointments happen in our lives. The question is: “What have we done with them or what will we do with them in the future?” Is your spiritual radar turned on?  Sometimes it’s as simple as smiling and saying hello.

One day I was in line at the grocery store when a young mother with her children were behind me.  I could tell instantly it must have been one of those days for her.  You know the ones where the line is way too long for the time you allotted for that chore, your children are acting up in public, and everyone in the store is staring at you annoyed and wondering why you can’t control your children’s behavior; you’re stressed about everything… the list goes on.  I too could have easily acted just like the other store patrons, but I “sensed” this overwhelming urge to simply give her a smile and say hello.  That small act changed my life and her life forever!  I’ll explain.

The Result

The next day I went to work and started my day as usual, not giving much thought to the day before.  Our receptionist had called out sick so I was assisting with answering the phone. I “just happened” to be the one to answer a particular call.  The young woman on the other end was crying and truly upset. She began to share with me that she was the young woman I had met in line at the grocery store.  By “chance,” I had forgotten to take off my work name badge and she had seen my name and where I worked.  She proceeded to reveal her situation to me.

Currently 8 weeks pregnant, she was scheduled for an abortion the following day.  She felt hopeless, and didn’t feel like she had any other option. I asked her if she would be willing to come to the Care Center so we could talk face to face.  She agreed, but had no transportation to get there.  Again, at God’s urging, I jumped in my vehicle and picked her up.  And yes my friends, it was a beautiful and hope-filled ending from there!

Her son is now six-years-old; she has graduated from college with a career in social work and volunteers at the same Care Center that helped her, sharing the love of Christ with other young women needing to see that same compassionate smile and hear that same warm hello.

My challenge to you is this, put your spiritual radar in “on” mode.  Recognize those God-orchestrated divine appointments in your life and act on them.  Be His “hands and feet” in our world.  It could be as simple as a hello in a grocery store line.

How You Can Help

It could also be as simple as giving generously to Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center. You have a chance to be a part of making this kind of story happen over and over again here in our community. Join us at our Walk for Life this Saturday, April 18. Join us in celebrating 30 Years of Life in Greensboro and help us raise over $36,000 by getting 30 people you know to give $30 each.

Let’s do this together, so women and men who feel hopeless in our community can know that hope isn’t impossible for them. They need a divine appointment. Will you help us make it possible?


Jessica Knapp recently joined our staff as the Development Director and previously worked in the non-profit sector for the YMCA, as well as a Pregnancy Care Center in Tampa, Florida.

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