Divine appointment: a time when God perfectly orchestrates something in ways you could never imagine.
Which pretty much means that divine appointments happen when you least expect them.
Yesterday was our first full day in Lima, Peru, and the plan was to spend the morning relaxing after the long day of travel. However, our in-country host, Ron Ryan, decided it would be a good idea to let us spend the morning visiting with some of the missionaries who work here in Lima.
This ended up being huge for our guests from Moody Radio. They were able to hear about the need for translation, the process behind it, and the work that goes into it. More importantly, though, they witnessed the passion that drives us, straight from the mouths of those God has divinely appointed to do Bible translation. When asked this morning why anyone would leave their comfortable life to enter the often “dangerous” work of translation in remote areas of the world, one missionary friend responded, “I think it would be more dangerous to disobey the call of the Lord, don’t you agree?”
I was so struck by the emotional connection the missionaries feel to their work here. They’re here because they believe God himself appointed them.
After lunch we stopped at CILTA, a linguistics training school for the indigenous peoples of the Americas. We thought our visit would last only 45 minutes, but before we knew it, we’d been there for an hour and a half. Sitting there listening to stories of God’s work in the lives of the peoples of the Americas, we lost track of time. We heard the story of Felix, a man who deciphered God’s divine appointment for him through a dream, leading him to work with a translation team on a dialect of the Quechua languages. We were touched not only by his story, but also by the tears of those who know Felix and have been personally impacted by his dedication to the work of Bible translation. In a world full of schedules, busy calendars and deadlines, it was nice to sit back and forget the clock, recognizing that God had our schedule carefully planned out…and it included an appointment to hear stories of the way Scripture in your heart language can change your life.
Yesterday also confirmed another divine appointment I feel privileged to be a part of: the partnership between Wycliffe Bible Translators and Moody Radio. This is a special time in our organization’s history. We have the opportunity to introduce not only the staff of Moody Radio, but also their listeners across the country, to the important work of Bible translation—and show them how to get involved. Today, as I’ve observed five Moody friends learn new things about our ministry, I’ve been keenly aware of God’s hand in this. Moody’s fall campaign will be focusing on Wycliffe’s work, and I believe God is going to do something big through it. I know He has chosen this time for a reason.
I’m thankful that I serve a God who loves to orchestrate the details of our lives—a God of divine appointments.