I had a Divine Encounter

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When I intentionally “show up” for life, Spirit shows up ALWAYS! I believe my purpose and destiny is to just BE and to let my light shine by keeping my vibration high in love, peace, joy and gratitude. It sounds so simple, and yet it is profound when I remember who I am and where I came from. It’s easy to get caught up in the world and its negativity, and all that is going on. Instead of worrying and living in fear, I choose love. My heart is open and I welcome opportunities to bring more light and love into the world.

This week, I had a divine encounter with a young man named, Parker, while walking on the path overlooking the ocean. I met Parker a few days ago when another friend, Henry, introduced us. Parker is only 21 years old and has a beautiful spirit and a zest for life.

Henry shared with Parker, “Pat writes an inspirational blog every week that you might enjoy.” I had just finished writing about the encounter with Susan who wanted to die and I was led to share it with Parker. When I finished telling him the story, I was surprised when he said, “That was the Holy Spirit speaking to you.” I smiled, and said, “Yes, I know.”

I couldn’t stop thinking about Parker and was eager to meet up with him the next day on the path. I was more than curious to find out about his relationship with the Holy Spirit. I felt disappointed when I didn’t run into him for the next couple of days.

Since we had only met once, I wasn’t even sure I would recognize him since there are many more tourists walking the path now. I spotted him in the same place I met him a few days earlier and was eager to get to know him and hear his story.

His whole face lit up when I approached him. He was delighted to see me again and said, “I was hoping to see you today. I was so inspired by your story about Susan that I shared it with a friend who was struggling and it really helped and lifted him up. I didn’t know if I would even recognize you if you didn’t have your hat on.” We both laughed and knew it wasn’t a coincidence that our paths crossed. It was a divine encounter.

I was led to share with him my “blouse story” that I have shared in the blog before. But it is worth sharing again since I have many new subscribers that haven’t heard it yet. Here is what happened:

My ex-husband was out of work for a year and we had 4 children under the age of 10. It was a difficult time for us as we had just applied for welfare and food stamps. I was waiting to pick up the kids from school and had some time to kill. I stopped at the local boutique just to browse. I noticed the SALE sign in the back of the store and walked back to check it out, with no intention of buying anything.

The blouse “jumped” out at me and I fell in love with it. As I was reluctantly putting the blouse back, I heard the small, still voice of God, “Buy it and I will provide.” I looked around and thought, “Is that me or you God?”

I had a 10-dollar bill in my purse, but that was for milk and bread on the way home. The blouse was $10. I decided to listen to the voice and bought the blouse. Consequently, no milk and bread on the way home.

I picked up the kids from school and headed home. I grabbed the mail as I walked into the house and was surprised to find an envelope with Pat written across it. I couldn’t believe it when I opened it. There was a crisp 10-dollar bill in the envelope with a note that read, “From the son of a carpenter.” God’s timing is perfect!

Of course, Parker loved the story and said, “I will never forget that story.” It was like we had known each other for years as we shared our stories of faith. He said, “I’m spiritual, but not religious. I gave my life to Christ when I was 12 years old. I moved to Maui over a year ago and live with my aunt and uncle and cousin.

I know I need support because I have been slacking in my faith. I want to find a church for support and I want to serve and give back.” I told him about Hope Chapel and their youth ministry, which he really seemed interested in.

A few days later when I saw him again, he said, “I asked my buddy if he knew anything about Hope chapel? His buddy smiled and said, “My girlfriend’s grandparents were instrumental in getting the church started years ago.” Parker and his buddy will be attending the church next week. 

I was in the right place at the right time and ready to be a vessel of love. Parker was so open and hungry to grow his faith. He was like a sponge wanting more of God. He asked me, “What do you do to stay connected to God every day?”

I was in my element and shared what I do first thing in the morning before even getting out of bed. I also shared my intention for the day. I asked him, “Would you like me to bring you my book, “Simply a Woman of Faith” tomorrow? He was thrilled and said, “YES.”

The next day I happily delivered “Simply a Woman of Faith” to him. My heart is doing a happy dance to think that a 21-year-old wants to grow his faith and is not afraid to admit it. We just never know when Source is going to use us to support and inspire others.

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