Throughout our daily plans and schedules, God is present, anointing conversations and authoring divine appointments with perfect precision. It's easy to become distracted from God's presence by our own thoughts and to-do lists; however, when we ask God to provide opportunities to trust Him, He does. And He did for me.
The day after our ministry in Orlando was over, a few team members and I decided to go out to eat for dinner. Our original plan was Steak 'N Shake, but after seeing how crowded it was, we decided on Wendy's.
While enjoying our fast food, a man approached our table, looking like he had seen better days. The man, David, explained that his vehicle had been towed and pleaded for food to feed his wife and himself. Having compassion for them, one team member, also named David, went to go buy the man some food, while my other team members and I went to talk to his wife, who was sitting alone.
Amidst her broken English, we learned that her mother had just passed away. This woman was hurting. Having just experienced the death of a close friend, I was able to empathize with her pain. Through her tears, I was able to let her know that she was not alone in her suffering, and that Jesus is the one true healer. As my friend returned with their food, we were able to ask them for any prayer requests and pray with them before we left.
I soon realized that this encounter was no accident; it was predestined and planned. As funny as it sounds, there was a reason that Steak 'N Shake was crowded. I was humbly reminded that everything we do and everywhere we go has a purpose for God's will to be done - all we have to do is open our eyes to what God is already doing, and step out in faith to be a part of His beautiful work.
The mission work does not end when the trip ends; God has commanded us to live on mission. When we do this, we are not only shown God's majesty, but are fulfilling His glorious plan for our lives.
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20
Elizabeth Collett, a student from Texas State University, is a Go Now missionary serving in Orlando, Florida.