On Saturday, the day of the Blue Mountain tour, we were assigned to a small busload of 11 people who were all friends from New York City. They were hilarious and adopted us "southerners" for the day. On our way back to Sydney, our new friends asked the bus driver to make a small detour into a village area to purchase some additional snacks and refreshments. As they were wandering through this village area trying to locate an appropriate shop, Craig began to wander the street, sort of window-shopping. He stepped into a shop that resembled a general store. As he meandered through the store, the music playing caught his attention....it was Christian! He approached the counter and asked the proprietor "what radio station is playing?" The two guys behind the counter replied "102.8". Craig said, "It is Christian?" they said "yes". He said "You are believers?" to which they replied with a hearty "yes, yes," and with very big smiles! Craig greeted them on behalf of the brothers and sisters in the faith from the United States. He began to share Scripture and stories to encourage them. Peter shared that God had been so good to he and his wife in that he had had a very bad job and they were trusting God about a better job so he quit the bad job. Then God provided not just a job but a business for him to own to support his family ! Wow! Craig prayed for them, exchanged emails, and agreed to keep in touch after we return to the States.
Coincidence ? Not hardly. Was it an accident that we were on that bus that would pull over in Springwood, New South Wales, Australia that would just happen to stop on the street that this shop was on? No way.
Did God orchestrate that meeting of fellow believers from different continents that afternoon? Absolutely!
It was another awesome moment in the journey that has taken some pretty cool turns.
Wait until I share with you about what happened next.............