This quote from Christian Wiman, By Love We Are Led to God, was tossed my way:
“[Y]ou must not swerve from the engagements God offers you. These will occur in the most unlikely places, and with people for whom your first instinct may be aversion.”
I like that. “[T]he engagements God offers you” sounds so much better than the way I often see it – “the shit life throws my way.” But Wiman is correct. These engagements, these opportunities (even when not readily seen as such), are from God, and they often occur in unexpected places. They often, frequently even, come from people I would not have predicted to be the source, from people I would just as soon have avoided. All of which, I guess, goes to show you what little I know, or at least understand.