When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. (Isaiah 59:19)
Most folks will agree that life is much like a roller coaster. It’s up and down, high and low, rejoicing and sorrowing. We love the high places, but what about the lows when we feel like our ride is broken and we’re down forever? It was one of those low times a few days ago, when the adversary came in like a flood and I despaired of life and wanted to quit. I feared for the future of the ministry God has given me. Then He allowed me to experience two of what I call “divine encounters”—those special times when He ordains our circumstances to correct the problem so we can soar again.
How did He do it? First, it was in Wal Mart when I encountered a young man I hadn’t seen in thirty years, a miserable soul whose life is a wreck. But I have never ceased to pray for him and it was such a joy to see him. I had the privilege of letting him know that I cared for him by hugging him, expressing my joy at seeing him, and getting an update on his job, etc. Perhaps, because of this encounter, the Lord will cause him to reconsider a relationship with Jesus. Just knowing that we loved him in spite of his lifestyle could send a strong message.
What about the second divine encounter? When I opened my email that same day I had a delightful. encouraging letter from Betty Hodge, someone I didn’t even know. Why was it delightful? Because it came from the wife of Harry Hodge—the runner in the stumble inspiration. Emory hadn’t seen Harry in nearly fifty years. Betty reads my column in the local paper every week, and was thrilled to let us know that Harry was the other runner in the story. Not only that, but she encouraged me by telling me how much she enjoyed the messages and that they lived nearby in Witten Valley.
Beloved, have you experienced any “divine encounters” lately? I believe with all my heart that this is one of our Lord’s special tools that He uses to reassure us when we are afraid, to cause us to praise Him once again, and to encourage us to carry on. I would love to hear your story.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10) –Rebecca Somoskey