I was watching the movie, “Mr. Holland’s Opus”, when a sentence jumped out at me. Mr. Holland is singing “Beautiful Boy” by John Lennon and he had dedicated it to his son Cory, who has had to deal with the challenge of being deaf.
The sentence was, “Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.”
Peter and John were on their way to the temple to pray one afternoon, when they saw a lame man sitting at the gate begging. Their destination that day was a prayer meeting, but they never got there.
A ministry opportunity—an opportunity to help someone—presented itself. Not only did they restore the lame man to health, this became an opportunity to preach the gospel to the crowd that gathered in amazement as they watched this man walking and leaping and praising God.
Jesus told a parable that is known as the Good Samaritan. You remember how a man traveling on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho was beaten, robbed and left there to die.
Both a priest and a Levite passed by him, but neither stopped to help. I’m sure they had plans, worthwhile plans. They headed toward their destination, passing up an opportunity to help someone in need. The Samaritan, who I am sure, had other plans and other things to do, stopped to help.
We tend to think of ministry in terms of the destination. When I get to dark Africa, then I will do mission work. When I get on the Habitat for Humanity project, then I will help someone with their housing.
These interruptions can be what we call, Divine appointments. It was not on our radar, but God brings an opportunity for us to serve someone and bring glory to Him when we are not expecting it.
Dr. Wayne Shaw (R-Grove) has been a member of the Oklahoma Senate since 2014. Prior to that he served as the senior pastor at First Christian Church, Grove, for many years.