Surprise Encounters

I began my “on the field” part of the work day meeting a lovely new family. While serving as a hospice chaplain has its moments of sadness, I get to meet some amazing people. After the visit, I headed to lunch.

When I went into the restaurant, I saw someone I have not seen in quite some time. My plan was to sit and do a little message prep for church and then keep seeing patients. Instead, I sat down with this man who also happens to be a pastor. He also teaches at a college nearby.

As you can guess, we talked about ministry. I caught on his latest assignments from God as he did mine. When I was younger in ministry, that was all I talked about. Now it is a more rare occasion, so I take the opportunities that come. I talked with him about this because he knows what it’s like.

When you are going through an issue in your life, you don’t want to talk to just anyone. You want to talk to someone who has some experience. When I was going through a divorce, I wanted to talk to someone who could relate and give me some perspective. I did not want someone who had some textbook theory and answers from an experience they never had. When it comes to parenting teens, I want to talk to weep with others going through the experience. (Can I get a witness?)

Whatever you face today, find someone who knows the path. I will highly suggest that men speak with men and women with women to maintain good boundaries. You will be surprised how many people have been through similar situations and can give you WISE counsel. Don’t go to a fool! Find someone you know who walks with God and has your best interest at heart. That talk may turn out to be a surprise encounter.

4 thoughts on “Surprise Encounters

  1. It’s really good to find people that you can relate with on a deeper level. I agree that no one wants a textbook answer at times especially when receiving godly counsel. Sometimes we need something more down to earth, more humane and relateable to our situation in order to move past the issue. I also agree that women should counsel women and men should counsel men on some issues that maybe sensitive and as you said, to maintain boundaries. Lovely post. – Sherline 😀

  2. Amen, encountered this situation yesterday had an almost 4 hour conversation with a like minded individual and it was so edifying to my soul. Surprise encounters are best when good godly counsel is in the mix. 🙏🏾☺️
    Blessed day

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