December 22, 2019
God is in the business of strategically positioning us in the right place at the right time—of that I’m sure. He is ordering our footsteps and preparing good works in advance. And that means that the person next to you isn’t there by accident. May God give us the peripheral vision to spot the divine appointments that are around us all the time.
A few years ago, I was getting some work done on our car. I asked our mechanic to fix a flat, change the oil, and check the fluids. When I went to pick it up, the bill seemed a little lower than it should have been, but far be it from me to argue about that. After charging my credit card, the gas-station attendant handed me my keys, except they weren’t my keys. They were the keys of the woman who happened to be right behind me in line!
I knew they could cancel my credit-card transaction, but I made a spontaneous decision. I turned to the woman behind me and said, “Merry Christmas! Your repair is paid for!” For the record, the bill was only forty-one dollars. So it caught me a little off guard when she started crying! She kept saying, “Thank you. Thank you.” And I kept saying, “Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas!”
I’m not sure why she had such an emotional reaction to what was a relatively small gesture of generosity, but I have a few theories. Either she had fallen on hard financial times and couldn’t afford the repair, or it had been way too long since she had been on the receiving end of a random act of kindness. Either way, few things are more fun than flipping those kinds of blessings! It can turn a rather mundane moment into an unforgettable memory! It can turn a ten-second encounter into a divine appointment that makes a difference for eternity.
Mark Batterson serves as lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC. NCC also owns and operates Ebenezers Coffeehouse, The Miracle Theatre, and the DC Dream Center. Mark holds a doctor of ministry degree from Regent University and is the New York Times bestselling author of 17 books, including The Circle Maker, Chase the Lion, and Whisper. Mark and his wife, Lora, have three children and live on Capitol Hill.
Mark’s latest book, Double Blessing: How to Get It. How to Give It, calls us to give and receive God ultimate blessings: God with us, God for us, and God in us. Mark Batterson believes the key to radically increasing your faith, joy, and abundance can be found in these three words: Flip the blessing.
In a day and age where the idea of blessing has been reduced to a hashtag (#blessed), Batterson challenges readers to pursue true, God-glorifying blessing and experience an exponential impact by participating in the double blessing.