The Holy Spirit wants to make Divine appointments for us. If we are willing to listen, He will send us to them. Other times, the Holy Spirit brings the appointments to us or it can be a bit of both.
The Apostle Philip was preaching the Gospel in Samaria when the Holy Spirit fell (Acts 8:25-40). People were being saved, healed and delivered. Hearing what was happening, Peter and John joined Philip in Samaria to help in this work.
After they were done, the three men decided to return to Jerusalem. But the Angel of the Lord spoke to Philip about going down a specific road — the Desert Road. Philip obeyed and ran into an Ethiopian — an eunuch who headed the treasury for Candace, the Queen of Ethiopia.
Philip led the man to the Lord and even water baptized him. Many believe this Divine appointment led to the early introduction of Christianity in Ethiopia.
In other instances, God brings appointments to you. After Esther was selected as the next wife of the King of Persia, she was positioned to head off the mass extermination of Jews captive in that country.
When Esther initially showed reluctance to intervene in the massacre organized by a senior Persian bureaucrat, Esther’s uncle said, “who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14 NASV).
Sometimes it is a bit of both, such as what happened in California, where two people were given Divine appointments.
In a story reported by the Fresno Bee, Tony Calvillo, an ordained minister and a manager at a local produce store in Visalia, California, and his eight year old son were heading to a fishing derby.
There was only one problem, they had the wrong date. The derby was booked for January, 2016.
But the Holy Spirit had scheduled an appointment for Calvillo. The two dropped off at a store to pick up fishing supplies, where Tony purchased a knife. It was something, he never carries with him, but Tony felt he needed one that day. God had a purpose for that knife and Tony listened.
As they proceeded to the non-existent fishing derby, a SUV veered off the road in front of them. It flipped and crashed into a tree.
Inside the car were Brittany Lockwood and her three children. When Calvillo reached the vehicle one child had crawled out, but Ryder, an eight month old baby was stuck. Using the knife he had just purchased, Calvillo broke the glass and pulled the baby free.
As soon as Ryder was out, he stopped crying and breathing. Calvillo who volunteers for a local rescue team began gently compressing the baby’s heart. After several seconds, Ryder came back to life with a cry.
This is when retired police officer Mike Spicer arrived at the accident. He now serves as head of security at a nearby hospital.
Calvillo who wanted to help the rest of the family out of the car handed the baby to Spicer.
Mike was holding Ryder when he stopped breathing again. Spicer put the baby on the seat of his truck and began applying gentle compressions a second time. As he was doing this, a sermon was playing on his vehicle’s cd about men filled with the Holy Spirit accomplishing great things for God.
After several minutes, Ryder came back to life again, crying and sputtering. After being taken to the hospital, other than a few cuts everyone was fine.
In an interview with the Fresno Bee, Calvillo said:
“Obviously, I have a lot of faith, but it’s one thing to read about Christ and another thing to actually be part of — again, no doubt — a miracle.”
But there was more to it than that. This was very much a Divine appointment. The Fresno Bee’s Carmen George writes:
“Calvillo rarely every runs late. He believes God put him — and everyone else who responded to the crash — there at the ‘right time, at the right place.'”
As we read the book of Acts, we see many incidents of the Holy Spirit speaking to people such as, Paul, Aquila and Priscilla, Philip and Ananias and because they listened, the Holy Spirit turned the early world upside down.
The Holy Spirit wants to schedule appointments for us probably more times than we realize. We need to be open to His direction.
Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left.” (Isaiah 30:21 NASV)