The Riggins family has a tradition of taking a family vacation together every year in the early fall at the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Everyone looks forward to this time with family away from the hustle and bustle of the world. It is a time to rest, relax and be refreshed.
As on each of the previous days, on this last day of vacation Pastor Ronnie gathered his Bible and devotionals and placed them in his backpack. He then rode his bike to a local park where he sat at a picnic table spending time with Jesus.
As John and Jane walked by Pastor Ronnie, John commented “you sure do have a lot of books there”, to which Pastor replied “I’m here hanging out with Jesus”. Pastor returned to his reading as John and Jane continued to walk. After a few steps past Pastor Ronnie, John turned and spoke. The conversation began with brief introductions followed by John speaking of some personal things. John knew that a man “hanging out with Jesus” was someone he could speak with.
During the conversation Pastor Ronnie mentioned that he was there on vacation. John asked where Pastor Ronnie’s church is located. He replied “in Pennsylvania.” John then asked “where in Pennsylvania?”, so Pastor replied “in South Central Pennsylvania”. This prompted John to ask “where in South Central Pennsylvania?” Pastor replied that the church is in New Cumberland. Pure amazement came across the faces of both John and Jane! John lives in New Cumberland and Jane lives in Harrisburg! They fellowshipped a bit more and then prayed together.
John began visiting New Life Church on Sunday of the following weekend. Jane also began attending New Life Church.
As a result of that divine meeting, Jane has come to know Christ as her Savior. She has been baptized and joined the New Life Church family. Jane has a beautiful smile on her face every time you see her. Jane is a life changed by Christ.
God does His best work when and where we least expect Him to do so.
Praise God for this divine appointment He scheduled for Pastor Ronnie, John and Jane!