Friday, November 15, 2013

"God-sightings"


This summer at Vacation Bible School, we taught the children to look for “God-sightings,” evidence that God is at work in our circumstances or through other people. Recognizing God’s love and leading in our lives encourages and enriches us. Recently, I experienced the special blessing of one of these “God-sightings.”

My husband is a pastor and we rarely have an opportunity to visit other churches; however, this past weekend one of our youth ministers stepped in to preach. My sister had also come up from Florida to visit and be on hand to stay with my elderly parents, and so my husband and I decided to “play hooky.”

Consequently, I was looking forward to the opportunity for a little “getaway” at a B&B in the country. My husband declared he had prayed about my plan, but thought we should stay locally and attend one of the churches not far from our new home, so that we could “get to know our community better.” (My parents moved in with us the end of May, following a laborious move of our own last year from our home of 23 years in Vienna (Fairfax County), Virginia, further west to the town of Manassas). A tad disappointed but happy to have any time “away,” I promptly booked a room in a lovely Civil War-era B & B in “Old Town” Manassas.

The next morning, we visited a large, well-known church in the area. After the inspiring worship service, we explored the church building and listened in on a business meeting, so that by the time we emerged to the lobby, most of the congregation had cleared out. However, I noticed a woman, with curly strawberry-blond hair, talking in a small group of people. Her hair looked like that of an old friend we hadn’t seen in many years. This friend, also a “Melanie,” and her family had been founding members of our church, The King’s Chapel. Later, they had moved to Manassas and attended the church we were now visiting. A number of years ago, they had moved again to Lynchburg, VA, and although we keep in touch through email and Facebook, we had not seen them in person since then. Spotting this distinctive curly hair, I moved around for a closer look, and sure enough, there stood our friend Melanie with her family and some other mutual friends, whom we also hadn’t seen in many years! This “coincidence” of running into old friends at a church we had never been to before, amazing in itself, proved to be only part of the blessing.

 Joyfully, Melanie explained that they had almost visited our church The King’s Chapel that morning because they so wanted to see us while they were in the area for Melanie’s birthday. They had prayed and felt the Holy Spirit’s leading to attend this church instead, and although torn, they obeyed. And voilà! There we were! If they had gone to The King’s Chapel, they wouldn’t have seen us; and likewise, if we had not stayed in Manassas, we wouldn’t have seen them. Experiencing the clear leading of God’s Holy Spirit in our lives multiplied the blessing of our unexpected reunion.

What a fun and serendipitous “God-sighting!”

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing, Melanie. I love the concept of "God sighting" :) It's easy to focus on the negative instead of being thankful for the many blessings God gives us every day.

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  2. It always makes me smile to see how the Lord works things out. :)

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  3. This is awesome !
    Linda Finn
    Faithful Acres Books
    http://www.faithfulacresbooks.wordpress.com
    faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

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    1. Yes, we serve an awesome God! Thanks, Linda.

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  4. Mel, this was truly amazing for me too, as alas, I am the curly haired Melanie!
    I have needed "God Sightings" in my life esp. since our 7 1/2 year journey in Lynchburg has been so very difficult,including lately.If you & I hadn't seen each other that Sun.10th, I most likely would not have ordered your particular book, but because of the details about your books that you shared w/ us that morn., I knew which one to order first,(not because I don't or haven't wanted to read all your writings, but due to unusual financial duress, I don't know that I would have been able to or inclined to order any.It's hard to explain).So as a result of our God Sightings encounter, I have ordered your book, and I can't wait to read your ,"Expectations"!!It was indeed a divine appointment to see each other that morn.! I don't think we'd seen each other in 10 yrs. Bill will always be my most treasured pastor in the whole world.I love you, Mellie

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    1. We love you too, Mellie. So glad the Lord did that for us both. Our home groups are reading "Experiencing God" and we had the perfect testimony to share. The books ( all the series) will be coming your way soon! Happy birthday and merry Christmas :)

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