If an accident isn’t an accident, what is it? A purposement?
Let’s assume, for the sake of this post, that that is exactly what they are called. Divinely aligned “accidents” will hereafter be called “purposements”.
Purposements, in my experience, have always led to opportunities to bring someone closer to Jesus Christ and His gospel. For instance….
Purposement Example #1
- In the post, “An Unexpected Miracle” I detailed the “accidental” meeting between myself and a new friend at the park, which I just “had a feeling” to visit. This led to an opportunity to answer many of her questions about the church and share my testimony of the Savior!
Purposement Example #2
- In the post, “The Lord Works in Mysterious Ways” I describe an “accidental” text message inviting someone to lunch whom I never would have invited otherwise. This led to a beautiful friendship with a now eager and inquiring student of the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Purposement Example #3
- This example occurred just last night. In fact, many “purposements” occurred last night! Allow me to describe them:
My daughter was to perform in our local production of the Nutcracker. It was closing night and since our family had already attended the show earlier in the week, I decided to buy a ticket just for myself this time.
The day before the performance, I was visiting teaching a dear friend who just happened to mention that she loves the ballet and wished she could attend one. I eagerly invited her to accompany me to the Nutcracker the next evening. She eagerly accepted.
I went online to purchase a ticket for her, but noticed there was not a seat available next to me. The closest one was across the aisle and three seats down. She said this was ok, so I purchased the ticket.
We arrived to the theater a little late, with only minutes to spare. So, I sent her in with my ticket so she wouldn’t miss the beginning. I waited in the “will call” line for her ticket, which I would use for myself.
I ended up sitting in the wrong seat. I was corrected and moved to the seat in front of me….next to a sweet little boy and his mother.
I “somehow” happened to make it to my seat before the show started and looked at my phone It showed a text from one of my daughter’s friends which read, “Look Up!” I looked up and noticed my daughter’s entire Young Women’s group, and 2 of my daughter’s school friends who also came, waving from the balcony. I smiled, waved back and took a quick picture for my daughter.
The woman sitting next to me noticed what I was doing. She said, “Is your daughter in that group?” I replied, “No, she is dancing. Those are her friends.” To which she excitedly told me that she is the mother of one of the school friends up there waving! In fact, it is this friend from school that my daughter is inviting to our home to hear the missionaries Sunday night!”
I “found myself” sitting next to this sweet young woman’s mother! We “somehow” had time to talk to each other about how much we loved each other’s daughters! (The show was at this point 20 minutes late.) In fact, we had time to talk quite a bit! We completely hit it off and became fast friends.
Because the show was late…..
Because I bought an extra ticket for a random seat for a friend who just so happened to want to see the ballet that day….
Because I sat in the wrong seat and was corrected to sit in the right seat, which wasn’t even my seat at all….
Because I looked up and snapped a picture of my daughter’s friends…..
Because one of those friends was the daughter of the woman I sat next to……
I made a new “purposeful” friend!
Because it is the perfect season for inviting, I found opportunity to invite her and her sweet family to our ward’s Christmas party and to be our guests at church this Sunday.
She accepted both invitations.
Accidents are not accidents at all.
God knows exactly what He is doing.
Everything is –
“Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men. Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day. Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work; For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul; And faith, hope, charity and love,with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work. Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence. Ask and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Amen.” (D&C 4:1-7)
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