Some might say it is coincidence, I say that its a God thing. In the spring my sister Laura, and at-that-time husband-to-be Nate, were looking for a church where Nate could be hired on as the youth pastor. Through some connections they had (again, relationships) they got word that there was a pastor in West Lebanon, NH who was looking for someone he could mentor as an intern. Nate was quite excited about the possibility of being mentored by an experienced pastor and getting to learn from his experiences in a real-life ministry context. As they started to look into this opportunity, they found out the pastor was Eric Ramage. That name may not mean anything to you, but Pastor Eric was our pastor when we were kids in elementary school. It amazes me that God has brought us back into each others' lives.
Nate and Laura are now a part of West Lebanon Baptist Church and Nate is on staff at the church and we are excited to be connected with this body. They are currently actively supporting missions around the world and in their neighborhood.
If this were the only example like this that we could give you, it would be much easier to call this a coincidence. But over and over again God is bringing people back into our lives that we would never have expected and its amazing to see how He wants to use those relationships to further His cause. Our God is a relational God. He wants us to be connected; to Him, but also to one another.
Who has God put in your life for bigger purposes? Who are you connected with? Don't just appreciate them, use them! Who can you mentor or who could be mentoring you? We all have things that God has taught us, but we also have things to learn. Just like Paul told Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:2, "And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others."