Have you turned left when you meant to go, right? Straight when you were supposed to exit? Run on a trail instead of a road? Usually, you think “oops” or “that was a mistake,” but is it really?

I truly believe that God directs our steps. Many times, I’ve gone into a store when I wasn’t planning on it. Only to bump into a friend or someone I haven’t seen in forever. Is that a coincidence? I don’t believe it is.

I was just reading in Luke 2 in the Bible to prepare my heart for Christmas. I came across a verse that jumped off of the page. At first glance, it doesn’t seem like much. But, the more I read it, the more it caught my attention.

As they came to the temple to fulfill this requirement, an elderly man was there waiting—a resident of Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. He was a very good man, a lover of God who kept himself pure, and the Spirit of holiness rested upon him. Simeon believed in the imminent appearing of the one called “The Refreshing of Israel.” For the Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would not see death before he saw the Messiah, the Anointed One of God. Keeping his promise, the Holy Spirit led Simeon to be in the temple court at the very moment Jesus’ parents entered to fulfill the requirement of the sacrifice.

Luke 2:25-27 TPT

I italicized the part that jumped off of the page.”The Holy Spirit led Simeon,”. At just the right time, Simeon was led into the temple to encounter Jesus. All of his life, he waited for this moment.

Was it a coincidence that Simeon walked into the temple at that time? Nope. This was a moment appointed by God. Simeon could’ve been anywhere, doing anything. But God made a way for Simeon to intersect with Jesus at just the right time.

Today, be on the lookout for those “moments” that God puts in your path. There may have been a reason you turned left when you planned on going right.

Be willing to be directed. Go make a difference. Always run by faith.

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