You bring unexpected and surprising encounters into my life regularly, Lord. And because you are the Lord and my Lord, I know that these encounters are part of your purpose for me. I often don’t know exactly what your purposes are in bringing me and any given person together, but I know that you are in it and that such comings-together are not random or pointless.
Help me to always pay attention to my meetings with people — the ones I plan and the “accidental” ones. I believe that you have equipped me with a gifting in discernment. But I mostly — I’m ashamed to say it — I mostly do not consciously or believingly operate in that gifting. Prod me harder to pay attention to the people I’m with. Stir me up to a greater prayerfulness in conversations. Increase my courage and willingness to engage with others and not to withdraw or hide behind walls and boundaries too fiercely defended.
© 2009 Gary A. Chorpenning