Have you ever had one of those days that just seemed like it was going to be a doozy? Today was looking like that day for me. It was Mother's Day, and as usual, when your mom has already gone to be with the Lord, you may feel like something is just off. My husband and my two children were wonderful. I am so blessed. However, on this particular day, I did not feel so great, and then, to add to the situation, I became a little frustrated with my phone. I looked down and noticed that I had a message that kept popping up stating, "activation not complete." What in the world could that mean? I had paid my payment, and everything should be set, right? As we were leaving the church, I was trying to message all those special women in my life to tell them Happy Mother's Day, but to my surprise, it was useless.
It was lunchtime, and I was hungry, but I knew I had to take care of this matter of my phone. I called the number, and to no surprise, I was put on hold. Finally, a nice fellow said, "that it was no problem and he could fix it." I truly believed him and was glad it would be so easy. So, Mrs. Keen, please turn your phone off and turn it back on for me, he said. I did this three times. He then informed me that he could not fix it and that he would need to call me back once he got technical support on the line. By now, I had fixed myself a salad and was waiting. He called me back and told me that he would now place me on hold again until the other person could help me. just hold, please, he said. I was a little more frustrated; this was not making any sense. Then I heard a young man with a thick accent on the other end of the phone asking me, "How are you doing today?" I wanted to yell," Not so good, my phone is broken. It is Mother's Day, I miss my mom, and I am hungry! However, I did say how blessed I was to have a wonderful husband, two children, two daughter-in-laws, and two granddogs. How are you? At that moment, it all changed. He laughed and said it was good to hear. He said I am sorry that your phone is having trouble I will try to help. He proceeded to tell me to turn my phone off, I said," We have done that three times already, but I will." He then just started talking and telling me all about his daughter, his life, and his plans to go to the Dominican Republic for some religious event. However, he stated that he did not have a religious preference. At that moment, I knew why my phone was not working it was because this was a divine appointment I was to share the gospel. I asked him if he believed in the one true God. Then we had a long discussion about how God is the creator of this world and each of us. He then told me about an accident he had that God protected him from death and how he tried to live his life each day to be good. I shared with him how we will never be good enough without Jesus and that he is the only way. He listened, asked questions, and was so open to hearing the gospel. Before I knew it we had been on the phone for almost an hour. He told me I could now turn my phone back on and let's see what happens. I was so excited I yelled, "My Phone is working, no pop-ups!" I googled mom haircuts, and I came right up. I started thanking him, and he laughed again and said I don't know why it is working. I did nothing no different than what we have already done. He thanked me for talking to him and telling me how much he enjoyed our talk. I responded I did too, and for him to please read his bible and ask the Lord to show him the way, to ask Jesus for forgiveness and put your trust in him.
I hung up the phone, thinking how cool is it that God used my crazy phone as a way to witness to a young man from the Dominican Republic, who now lives on the other side of the United States, so that I could tell him the truth about Jesus. All from my kitchen. I must tell you that it made my day! I was reminded that we have divine appointments all around us. I am so thankful I did not let my little pity party keep me from sharing the gospel. This time.