Today I traveled from Oslo, Norway to Vienna, Austria after I had been working up there for about a month. But the story from today starts already a few years ago.
At this time I had been slowly getting closer to God and His plan for my life. Until then I never really wanted to share my faith, mostly because I was scared I wouldn’t be able to defend it and be ridiculed. However God started to break down that barrier in my life and I found myself praying for a possibility to share my faith and witness. Obviously God didn’t lead me to a person on my daily 1 hours of bustravel to work. Why? I had my headphones on and didn’t want to be bothered. So much for that.
But my prayer would be answered sooner than I had expected!
One evening my neighbor, who happened to be an Adventist believer, came up to me and asked me to come to talk to a stranger she had picked up from the street and who was looking for a place to sleep. This was a very interesting, strange, but very positive encounter. That person had lots of questions about God and I believe for the first time I was witnessing and sharing God and what He had done in my life without being scared. It would take too long to tell the details of this story, but in short: God perfectly timed this – what I call – divine appointment. It was no accident that this guy and I had met. I hope I’ll see him in heaven one day.
Ok, now back to what happened earlier today.
Yesterday night I talked to God and asked Him to bless this trip I was taking back home and to plan divine appointments, if He wants to.
Beware! If you pray for mission-opportunities, your prayer will be heard. That just on a side-note.
So this morning I got on the bus to Oslo Airport. You have to know, I caught a bad cold the other day and basically I was constantly blowing my nose and having a hard time to stay focused because I felt like I had a waterfall coming out of my nose.
I’ll spare you the details on that.
In any case, I already had my doubts if God would want me to meet somebody with those ‘issues’ going on in my face.
I finally boarded the half-empty plane. While entering I was very surprised to see a “WiFi on board” sign at the entrance of the plane. First time I have seen that in an airplane and I was confused, since they always make sure your phone is turned off during flight.
So as I entered I was thinking “Oh, I might be able to message people who I appreciate and just let the time fly by through WiFi”. I found my seat. It was 15D. Emergency seat. Just like I ordered, with extra space for my long legs.
So as I was getting comfortable (as comfortable as one can be in a metal box that soon will be high up in the sky) my nose was being troubled by the cold air coming from the AC in the plane. So, being this, with a cold stricken wreck, constantly sneezing and with a nose in ‘river-mode’, I was probably the last person anybody on that flight would have wanted to have contact with for the upcoming 2 hours in the sky.
Nevertheless a guy sitting across from me, one row further up turned around and asked if I had an allergy. I told him that I didn’t but that I had a cold. He went on telling me about his weekend in Norway and we got into some small talk. Soon I realized that he was open for a longer-than-usual conversation. So I decided to seat myself next to him. I am sure his twisted neck was very happy about that too.
Inside I was asking the Holy Spirit to guide my words and the man’s thoughts.
After I answered his question on what I was studying in college (theology, in case you didn’t know) I found myself in a long conversation about theology, bible, church history and the reliability of God’s word. He was definitely better informed about religion than the average European these days and so we had discussions on various topics.
When I talked about the Sabbath, and my view on scripture, that I take it as what it claims to be, namely words inspired by God, he was very astonished. Here and there I was also able to share the truth about salvation. To him coming from a catholic background, he seemed not to fully have understood it yet. That salvation is free. A gift from God.We continued talking about a whole lot more. Hell, creation, God’s benevolence etc.
No, he didn’t want to be baptized after we landed. He didn’t ask where the next Seventh-Day Adventist Church is to be found either nor did he ask for bible-studies.
However I am convinced that God in His omniscience had carefully planned this divine appointment. Seeds of truth could be sown into this man’s heart, and the Holy Spirit will have more He can work with. All glory be to God!
The funniest thing about it is, that the conversation between Dennis (that’s his name by the way) and me started because of the very thing I was afraid would scare everyone away – my running nose!!
Truly our impossibilities are God’s opportunities!
I praise God for hearing my prayers and surprising me with His well arranged divine appointments.
It didn’t stop there. Later today I had another chance to talk to a young girl, while waiting for my train from Vienna to my hometown. She didn’t believe very much in God’s existence but I was able to share a few words on my faith and again I am sure God will go on working with these seeds that have been planted into her thinking.
If you want to, you are very much welcome to pray for both, Dennis and the girl. Pray that this encounter with God will not be destroyed by the enemy who is always very angry when we share our faith with people he claims to own.
So my appeal to you is the following:
Don’t’ be afraid of asking for mission-opportunities. Ask for divine appointments!
Sharing Jesus with others will actually strengthen your relationship with Jesus and at the same time you are taking part in saving souls for God! Isn’t that awesome?!
To be a tool in God’s hands is the best possible work one can ask for.
It makes faith real.
Why don’t you tell Him today that you are available for a divine appointment?!
You will not regret it.
“In His wisdom the Lord brings those who are seeking for truth into touch with fellow beings who know the truth. It is the plan of Heaven that those who have received light shall impart it to those in darkness. Humanity, drawing its efficiency from the great Source of wisdom, is made the instrumentality, the working agency, through which the gospel exercises its transforming power on mind and heart.” – Ellen G. White, Acts of the Apostles, p.134
“There are in our world many who are nearer the kingdom of God than we suppose. In this dark world of sin the Lord has many precious jewels, to whom He will guide His messengers.” – Ellen G. White, Acts of the Apostles, p.140